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: info.abm@btinternet.com 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: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b099wr5b 

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: www.thefurrowcollective.co.uk 

Jim Causley featured in BBC 4 Programme

See Jim’s contribution to the excellent programme on Charles Causley last weekend! Cornwall’s Native Poet: Charles Causley – BBC Four


Jim Causley has over a decade as an acclaimed recording artist and performer under his belt.  He was described by Mojo Magazine as “the finest singer of his generation” when they included Forgotten Kingdom in their Top Ten Folk Albums of 2016 list.

During the past decade Causley has been nominated no less than six times for a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award, the latest as Folk Singer Of The Year earlier this year! 2017 and 2018 sees Jim touring solo and with his trio with fiddlers Nick Wyke & Becki Driscoll with material from his acclaimed Forgotten Kingdom album, as well as songs from his most recent album of poetry settings, as part of Charles Causley’s centenary, focussing on the poet’s work for children.

Since the release of his debut album in 2005, Causley’s unique voice and warm persona have helped him become one of the most well-loved and respected figures of today’s contemporary roots and folk scene. Charismatic, engaging and supremely talented.

A prolific collaborator, Causley is admired for his work with iconic groups The Devil’s Interval and Mawkin:Causley as well as playing, touring and recording alongside Waterson:Carthy, John McCusker, Eddie Reader, Graham Coxon, Shirley Collins, Michael Morpurgo, Show of Hands, Kate Rusby, David Rotheray of Beautiful South fame and many more.

“The finest singer of his generation” Mojo Magazine

2018 festival bookings being taken. Please get in touch NOW!

Human Cargo: Matthew Crampton & Jeff Warner

ABM is delighted to welcome Matthew and Jeff to the roster. We’re now taking bookings for their compelling live show Human Cargo.

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 hot topic 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 Crampton’s recent success with The Transports has highlighted his emergence as a foremost storyteller and singer within the folk scene.

“A compelling storyteller” 5 stars, The Guardian

“Crampton has a great voice that entices and explains. He pulls the audience in like a magical toyshop owner. He has some joy and sorrow that he cannot keep to himself.” Folk Phenomena

Jeff Warner is one of America’s leading interpreters of traditional music. Born to an eminent family of folksong collectors, his pedigree is matched by his remarkable ability to connect 21st century audiences with the everyday lives of people from past centuries.

“The best folk singer in America.” Bob Bossin, founder of Canada’s String Band


Various dates available throughout May and June with specific tour periods  2 – 7 June and 12 – 24 June 2018. 

Melrose Quartet present new album Dominion

Melrose Quartet are Nancy Kerr (voice, fiddle), James Fagan (voice, bouzouki, guitar), Jess Arrowsmith (voice, fiddle) and Richard Arrowsmith (voice, melodeons). This November sees them release their eagerly-awaited second album, Dominion.

From deep roots in their hometown’s vibrant music, song and dance scene, to smashing concert appearances all over the UK, Sheffield-based Melrose Quartet have attracted a reputation for making music that truly connects with people. All four are internationally renowned singers, instrumentalists and writer/composers and this year they were proud to be named the new patrons of Whitby Folk week.

Dominion expands and strengthens the musical presence they first asserted with “Fifty Verses”, their 2014 BBC Folk Award-nominated debut CD.

Some late availability in their forthcoming album tour late Nov – early Dec 2017 please call Chris on 01661 842935 to discuss.

“Brilliantly showcases their joyous confidence and versatility. With particularly impressive four-part harmony singing, this is a rich, dynamic and inspired team.” fRoots Magazine


Martin Simpson – Trails & Tribulations

World renowned guitarist, singer and songwriter Martin Simpson released his 20th solo album in 40 years ‘Trails & Tribulations’ on September 1st 2017 via Topic Records.

“Trails & Tribulations’ is a collection of songs about nature, about travels and about real life stories. There are traditional songs, poems and contemporary songs by great writers, and songs that I had to write because nobody else knew what I wanted to say. I travel, I learn songs, I write and try to get better at the skills required for me to do my job. I look at the world as I pass by, on the road, out of the train window, or as I stop and pay close attention to the square foot under my nose. There is so much to see and to hear and to inspire and to try and understand. I had a huge amount of fun playing and recording these songs, using different instruments, different noises, old friends and new ones, all of whom brought so much to the mix.” Martin Simpson, April 2017.

Guest musicians on the new album are: Ben Nicholls (string bass and electric bass guitars), Toby Kearney (drums and percussion), Nancy Kerr (fiddle and viola), Andy Cutting (diatonic accordion and melodeon), John Smith (electric guitar and backing vocals), Helen Bell (strings), Amy Newhouse-Smith (backing vocals) and his daughter Molly Simpson on vocals.

Martin will tour extensively this year, including a special launch concert at London’s Kings Place in autumn, following the release of ‘Trails & Tribulations’. Hand in hand with his long and storied solo career, Martin has been central to seminal collaborations like The Full English, The Elizabethan Sessions and Simpson Cutting Kerr. He has worked with a dazzling array of artists from across the musical spectrum: Jackson Browne, Martin Taylor, June Tabor, Richard Hawley, Bonnie Raitt, Danny Thompson, David Hidalgo, Danú, Richard Thompson and Dom Flemons, to mention a few. He is consistently named as one of the very finest acoustic, fingerstyle and slide guitar players in the world and is the most nominated musician in the history of the BBC Folk Awards, with a remarkable 31 nods. A true master of his art.

Exclusive versions of Trails & Tribulations, which include a signed print of a handwritten guitar tab, plus Trails & Tribulations branded guitar pick are available now from Martin’s shop.

Trails & Tribulations tracklisting (standard edition):
1. Blues Run The Game
2. Bones & Feathers
3. Thomas Drew
4. East Kentucky
5. Katherine Of Aragon Interlude
6. A Ballad For Katherine Of Aragon
7. Maps
8. St. James Hospital
9. Jasper’s/Dancing Shoes
10. Ridgeway
11. Rufford Park Poachers
12. Reynardine Interlude
13. Reynardine

Deluxe Edition CD2 Bonus Tracks:
1. Joshua Gone Barbados
2. Dillard Chandler
3. Willy O Winsbury
4. Heartbreak Hotel
5. Blues Run The Game Interlude
6. Blues Run The Game (Radio Edit)

Lankum New Album Update

Watch out for imminent news on Lankum’s new album Between The Earth And Sky (Rough Trade). The band have album UK tour dates planned this October, following on from previous sell-out dates, and are taking bookings now for a further album tour in May 2018 (from 15th – 27th).

Expect more explorations and experimentation in tradition – from dark drone-based balladry to fiery, upbeat anthems – on this much-awaited new album from the mighty Dublin four-piece.

“The most convincing band to come out of Ireland for years!”
5 stars, The Guardian

“Anarchic, yet connected, rootsy and gutsy… I love their music, it is just so damn good!” Mike Harding

Video: Henry My Son Live

Faustus Join ABM

A big warm welcome to Faustus who have just joined the ABM roster. Nominated in the 2009 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, 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.

Rooted deeply in the English tradition, and fresh from a year-long residency at Halsway manor, their latest album, Death and Other Animals has received the German Critics Award (Schallplatenkritik Bestenliste) in the Folk/Singer-Songwriter/World Music category. They are currently touring with The Transports, ‘the folk event of 2017’, a revival and reworking of Peter Bellamy’s ballad opera, which has received stunning reviews and five stars from the Guardian.

The band will be touring 1 – 16 March 2018 and are available for festivals during 2018.

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

‘Ridiculously great band.’ Tom Robinson BBC 6 Music

‘Brilliant performances…Faustus are at their best here.’ **** Songlines

Stick in the Wheel Join ABM

ABM are thrilled to announce that we are now representing the thrilling Stick In The Wheel, who have been taking the folk scene by storm these past few years with their incendiary performances of traditional English folk music, seamlessly blending it with their own songs and breathing new life into this culture for new generations.

The four-times BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominated band return with a new album in 2018, with advance tracks due for release late 2017.

Stick In The Wheel’s debut album From Here was awarded fRoots’ Critic’s Poll Album of the Year 2015, and received wide acclaim, resulting in a personal invitation from Billy Bragg to play his Left Field stage at Glastonbury, and a string of festival dates including Larmer Tree, Sidmouth, Cambridge Folk Festival, Lunar and Sin-Eater, as well as sessions on BBC Radio 2 Folk Show, BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour, BBC6 Music and John Kennedy’s Radio X Xposure, plus a Rough Trade East Instore and curating two Café Oto folk weekends.

Their most recent project, to produce and curate a collection of ‘field recordings’ based on what “From Here” means, had no shortage of English folk alumni queuing up to take part. It marks their intention to make traditional music relevant to now, reclaiming the indigenous culture of the people back to its own. In their own words: “We play the music of our people. We sing in our own accents. We record in our kitchens and living rooms. This is our culture, our tradition.”

“A great live band” The Guardian

“A shot in the arm for contemporary folk music” The Independent

“Rich in attitude and uncompromising intent” Mojo

New Martin Simpson Album & Tour

We’re very excited to announce that Martin’s eagerly awaited new solo album entitled Trails and Tribulations will be released on 1st September 2017 on Topic Records. Album guests include Andy Cutting, Kathryn Tickell, Nancy Kerr and John Smith. Martin will officially launch the album at Cambridge Folk Festival this summer accompanied by a band of first class musicians.

The remarkable intimate solo performances Martin gives go from strength to strength – every gig is a masterclass. He travels the length and breadth of the UK and beyond, giving rapt audiences passion, sorrow, love, beauty, tragedy and majesty through his playing.

He has had the most nominations of any performer in the 18 years of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, an astonishing 31 times, 12 of those as Musician of the Year, winning that particular accolade twice.

“Martin Simpson has transcended borders and oceans to quietly become a superb storyteller and musician of great depth and unquestionable taste.” Stephen Fearing

Touring 14 Sept – 10 Dec 2017. Now booking spring/summer 2018.