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.’
‘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