Res Republica

The boys are packing a 32-piece gypsy orchestra into a suitcase and taking a “Virtual Orchestra” on tour with them as a live duo, to perform their newest album release “Res Publica”. This music is sure to set your heart racing, get your toes tapping, and warm
the soul with the people’s spirit and grafter’s hearts.

The People’s String Foundation are a South West based band who mix passionate theatrics with an urban gypsy sound, mixing artisan flavours with urban/world beats. They encompass a grass roots level philosophy, working with local musicians, the community and schools. In 2018 they went on tour with Kneehigh’s Fup, composing and playing the music for the show.

“The vocal performances are remarkable and the orchestrations are inventive, exploratory and beautifully performed. The entire piece is fresh and youthfully enthusiastic with clear production values on a classical scale. Surely these musicians and this piece are worthy of consideration for this year’s Mercury prize.”
Ralph McTell

Bristol Song Recital Series: Schumann’s Dichterliebe

Baritone Robert-John Edwards and pianist Sara Wilander in Schumann’s Dichterliebe (“the Poet’s Love”), plus other songs by Schubert and Brahms. An unparalleled chance to hear classic music beautifully sung in an intimate acoustic, as part of Bristol’s prestigious Song Recital Series.

Running Time: 90 minutes (with interval)

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: The Magic Lantern

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Regular intimate, sit-down gigs with some of the greatest musicians from around the globe.

The Magic Lantern is the musical moniker of British Australian musician Jamie Doe. ‘To The Islands’ is his stunning third album released on 2 November 2018. Drawing on a wide range of influences from folk, jazz and contemporary music, The Magic Lantern is an artist dedicated to remedying the anxiety and fear present in us all. ‘To The Islands’ was written following a tumultuous journey to Jamie’s childhood home in Australia after nearly 10 years away, and explores memory and hope in a world of near constant uncertainty. It draws on a wide range of sounds and textures from folk finger picking to pulsating grooves; lush string quintet lyricism to narcotic late night saxophone jams; and a Mark Hollis-esque talent for leaving space around the vocal, all united by Jamie’s instantly recognisable voice and inimitable song- writing style. He has received praise from numerous supporters including BBC Radio 1’s Huw Stephens, BBC 6 Music’s Guy Garvey, Lauren Laverne,Gideon Coe, Tom Robinson, BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction and BBC Radio 2’s Jamie Cullum, Mark Radcliffe and Bob Harris among others; and publications such as The Guardian, Acoustic Magazine and Atwood Magazine.

The Magic Lantern is part of a thriving scene of genre bending contemporary musicians in London who are going about things their own way. Over the past three and half years, The Magic Lantern has toured the UK supporting acclaimed folk artist Sam Lee, sung with Jamie Cullum at the BBC Proms and as a guest vocalist with Sikh virtuoso Manika Kaur in Trafalgar Square. He has performed for the Queen and over 50 Commonwealth Heads of State, sung in the Sussex Woods with nightingales and recorded in Abbey Road Studios as part of the Help Musicians UK ‘Music Minds Matter’ campaign.

“Extraordinary. Beautiful poised singing, amazing lyrics and hypnotic production.”
Tom Robinson, BBC Radio 6 Music

“Dreamy, beautiful. Something very, very special.”
Lauren Laverne, BBC6 Music

Running Time: 2 hours (with interval)

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Katherine Priddy (plus Steph Grace)

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Regular intimate, sit-down gigs with some of the greatest musicians from around the globe.

The last year months have been a whirlwind for Birmingham-based folk artist Katherine Priddy, who, having recently emerged onto the scene with her long-awaited debut EP ‘Wolf’, has been turning heads and steadily gaining notoriety. ‘Wolf’ has been championed by the BBC 2 Folk Show, BBC 6 Music’s Gideon Coe and Tom Robinson and BBC Wales, as well as receiving exceptional reviews. The great Richard Thompson named it as his ‘Best Thing I’ve Heard All Year’ in MOJO Magazine whilst Folk Radio UK pronounced the release to be “something extraordinary indeed…one of the most beautiful voices I’ve ever heard. Her tone, phrasing pitch and sentiment…it’s flawless”. After quickly selling out of the original pressing of ‘Wolf’, Priddy bowed to popular demand and released it digitally, as well as selling out two further re-presses of the EP.

Priddy’s original works are delivered with an emotional maturity, depth and a vulnerable tenderness that still carries a darker edge, citing Nick Drake, John Martyn, Tunng and Imagined Village amongst her many influences. Her lyrics are particularly noteworthy – a tribute to her life-long love affair with literature and poetry and the stories she weaves are transporting. It is clear that, despite the delicate nuances of her sound, Katherine Priddy is not a fragile wallflower destined to fade away, but a young woman who means business.

“The best thing I’ve heard all year.”
Richard Thompson in MOJO

One woman, one guitar, one incredible voice. Australian performer Steph Grace is proof that some of the best music comes from the purest ingredients. That’s what European crowds took away when they witnessed Steph supporting English artist Passenger on his 2019 summer tour: 6000+ crowd arenas spellbound by the power of her pure, honest and rousing folk-soul storytelling. After a decade mastering her craft in the pubs and streets of Europe and Australia, the Sydney-born artist relocated to Europe in 2018 to team up in the studio with Chris Vallejo (Passenger, INXS, John Spencer Blues Explosion, et al.). With solo shows and summer festival bookings locked in throughout Europe and beyond, Steph is an independent artist on the cusp. And it all comes down to that incredible voice – as well as the soul behind it.

Running Time: 2 hours (with interval)

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Stick In The Wheel

SOLD OUT

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Regular intimate, sit-down gigs with some of the greatest musicians from around the globe.

East London’s Stick In The Wheel are headed by singer Nicola Kearey, and guitarist/producer Ian Carter. Known for their fierce, raw delivery, this is culturally and politically switched-on music, with the group widely commended for their timely appraisal of English Folk. Their skill in telling stories through song reconnect modern audiences to the past, drawing unexpected parallels between then and now. Second album ‘Follow Them True’ (Jan 2018), led UNCUT to proclaim them “Britain’s most exciting new folk band” – expanding the radical sound of their debut to include electronic and found sounds, yet at the same time remaining totally connected with the tradition. Their recent mixtape ‘This and the Memory of This’ chronicled studio sketches and chance meetings with other artists, following their BBC 6 Music Freakzone mixtape.

Their debut “From Here” (2015) was fRoots magazine Album of the Year and a MOJO Folk Album of the Year, with four BBC Folk Award nominations.

“Powerful—and deeply relatable… remarkably blending the contemporary and the historical.”
Pitchfork

“Attitude, imagination and authenticity.”
★★★★ MOJO – Folk Album of the Month

Running Time: 2 hours (with interval)

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Brìghde Chaimbeul (plus Sailing Stones)

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Regular intimate, sit-down gigs with some of the greatest musicians from around the globe.

Winner of the 2016 BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award, and 2017 Scots Trad Music Awards ‘Up and Coming’ nominee, Skye musician and piper Brìghde Chaimbeul is one of Scotland’s fastest rising stars. A native Gaelic speaker, her style is rooted in her indigenous language and culture, but draws inspiration from a variety of piping traditions such as from Cape Breton, Eastern Europe and Ireland.
Growing up in a musical family in Sleat on the Isle of Skye, she was no stranger to the sound of the pipes, and indeed the sound of music at home. Inspired by hearing the playing of Rona Lightfoot she began learning at the age of 7 with local tutor and award winning piper Niall Stewart.

Brìghde met pipe makers, players and revivalists Fin and Hamish Moore in 2014 where she was introduced to the smallpipes, and since has developed a unique style which has captured audiences across the globe. Mark Radcliffe of BBC Radio 2 described her playing as “mesmerising”, and Tim Chipping of renowned music magazine, fRoots as “exceptional”. She has collaborated with many established artists over the years, most recently including Ross Ainslie, John McSherry, Paul Meehan, Aidan O Rourke, Carlos Nunez, Allan MacDonald.
Recent performance highlights include appearances at major festivals including Cambridge Folk Festival, Celtic Connections, Fairport’s Cropredy Convention, Piping Live and Wickham Festival, as well as featuring on various TV programmes, series Port, Seirm, Trad ar Fad and the BBC Alba Hogmanay show.

Brìghde launched her debut album on River Lea Records ‘The Reeling’ at a special concert at Celtic Connections 2019. The record is inspired by old tunes from gaelic song and canntaireachd traditions, as well as global piping traditions that have been of significant influence to Brìghde’s music. It is performed entirely on smallpipes in C, and features acclaimed fiddler Aidan O Rourke (Lau), the legendary Rona MacDonald Lightfoot of South Uist, and the amazing Radie Peat (Lankum) on concertina.

“A talent beyond her years.”
Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2 Folk Show

“Simultaneously ancient and modern, profound and direct.”
Folk Album of the Month – The Guardian

Running Time: 2 hours (with interval)

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: The Drystones + Jim Causley

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Regular intimate, sit-down gigs with some of the greatest musicians from around the globe.

The Drystones are a duo whose arrival on the UK folk scene is making waves. Combining traditional music’s timeless instrumental union of fiddle and guitar with technical mastery, a ‘brave experimental bent’ (David Kidman – FATEA), and an unexpectedly large sound when playing live, it’s no wonder they’ve been described as ‘indecently talented’ (Mike Harding) and earned themselves a nomination for the 2018 BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award. Having formed in 2011 to play at their local folk festival in Priddy, Somerset, the last eight years have seen them play prestigious festivals including Glastonbury and Sidmouth Folk Week, produce three albums, and somewhere along the line complete their music degrees

In 2019 with 18 months as full time professional musicians having toured from Scotland to the south coast they have nothing to hold back their finely honed blend of the most thrilling aspects of the UK’s traditions. Their 2017 album We Happy Few was widely acclaimed and their 2019 album Apparitions has had equal success. The live performances of their 2019 album deliver breath-taking performances backed by technical genius at venues across the UK. They are determined to leave smiles on faces as they go.

“The Drystones demonstrate a sophisticated musical maturity that is far beyond their ages.”
Roy Spencer, Folk Radio UK

“The Drystones technical prowess and stylistic awareness speak for themselves.”
Tom Newell, Songlines Magazine

More than simply a folk-singer, multi award winning singer-songwriter, musician and proud Devonian Jim Causley is an all-round entertainer and during the past decade Causley has been nominated no less than six times for a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award, last year he was nominated as “Singer of the Year” at the 2017 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, he won the Spiral Earth Singer of the Year award in 2014, presented his own folk music show on BBC Radio Devon and in 2015 he worked with BBC TV historian Dr Sam Willis to create the music for his show ‘Highwaymen, Outlaws and Villains’ and was asked to perform his song about Dartmoor tin mining ‘Pride of the Moor’ on BBC TV’s Countryfile – Dartmoor Special. 2017 was also the centenary of Jim’s relative; the celebrated Cornish poet Charles Causley and award winning filmmaker Jane Darke made a specially commissioned biographical film about the poet which aired on BBC4 TV on 1st October as part of the Centenary celebrations. The soundtrack to the film was composed entirely by Jim and featured music from his 2013 album ‘Cyprus Well’ of musical settings of Charles’ work.

Since the release of his debut album in 2005, Causley’s unique voice and persona have helped him become one of the most well-loved and respected figures of today’s contemporary roots and folk scene. A prolific collaborator, Causley is hugely 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 Coxson, Shirley Collins, Michael Morpurgo, Show of Hands, Kate Rusby, David Rotheray of Beautiful South fame and many more. He was described by Mojo Magazine as “the finest singer of his generation” and they put Forgotten Kingdom in their Top Ten Folk Albums of 2016 list. Westcountry father of folk Geoff Lakeman described Causley as possessing “A voice in a million” in a recent interview in the Western Morning News, some accolade indeed!

“The finest singer of his generation.”
Mojo Magazine

Running Time: 2 hours (with interval)

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Jimmy Aldridge & Sid Goldsmith

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Regular intimate, sit-down gigs with some of the greatest musicians from around the globe.

Jimmy Aldridge & Sid Goldsmith are one of the finest duos to have emerged onto the British folk and acoustic scene in recent years. Their unique ability to make old songs seem relevant and new songs sound ancient has brought them widespread critical acclaim.

In 2018 they will launched 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.

The duo’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.

“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

Running Time: 2 hours (with interval)

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Phil King + Emily Davies

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Regular intimate, sit-down gigs with some of the greatest musicians from around the globe.

As a singer songwriter Phil King has the whole trinity: a beautiful, soulful voice; deft skills at playing the guitar and the capacity to write elegantly worded and powerful songs. His studio album The Wreckage has already caught excellent media attention, with Radio 2’s Bob Harris describing him as “absolutely brilliant” and a “song weaver” and the follow up live album recorded at our very own Wardrobe Theatre captures Phil solo in a magical intimate setting. This show will be promoting a new string of material being released as a set of singles so keep an eye on the socials for updates.

“Absolutely brilliant. He is a song weaver.”
Bob Harris BBC Radio 2

“Stunningly beautiful, The Wreckage should expand his profile considerably.”
Folk Radio UK

Originally from Herefordshire, via a spell in London, Emily Davies now calls Devon her home and it’s here that’s she’s quietly cementing her reputation as a singer-songwriter of the most enchanting variety. Emily is a seasoned performer, crafting spellbinding sets that are undeniably steeped in the magic of the past, while still maintaining a refreshing air of the new. Her songs blend bittersweet folk with a melodic mix of alt-country and a genuine pop sensibility and showcase a voice that’s both breathy, big and soulful too. She is a pure and supremely talented songwriter: spend a little time in her presence and drift away somewhere else entirely.

Running Time: 2 hours (no interval)

Undercover Christmas Club

England. 1647. Celebrating Christmas has been banned by those pesky Puritans. Carols are criminal. Turkey’s taboo. Banquets are banished and stage-plays prohibited. In fact, festivities of any kind are quite frankly forbidden. But we don’t give a figgy pudding.

Here at the Undercover Christmas Club, misrule and mayhem are on the menu. Hidden away from prying eyes, we present a feast of theatrical yuletide treats. Tales abound and songs a-plenty, served with a side of tomfoolery and washed down with a tankard of merriment. Join us under the cover of night as we frolic without fear and revel in rebellion. After all, ‘tis the season to be jolly.

Riddlestick Theatre are dedicated to tickling fancies with weird and wonderful stories and enchanting live music. They are returning to The Wardrobe Theatre after a sell-out run of The Cabinet of Madame Fanny Du Thé, listed in The Guardian’s Best Shows at the Edinburgh Festival 2018.

“Their energy is boundless, the script fiercely intelligent and the original live music bound to stay dancing through your head.”
Guardian on The Cabinet of Madame Fanny Du Thé

“Energetic, rich storytelling seasoned with a generous helping of genuine fun.”
★★★★ A Younger Theatre on The Cabinet of Madame Fanny Du Thé

“Turning tired adults back into curious children, always ready for another unbelievable story.”
★★★★ Theatre Weekly on The Cabinet of Madame Fanny Du Thé

“Through a whirlwind of tall tales and song, Riddlestick Theatre had me hanging onto their every oddity.”
★★★★ EdFringeReview on The Cabinet of Madame Fanny Du Thé

“If it’s entertainment you’re after then this show won’t disappoint.”
★★★★ Stage Talk on The Cabinet of Madame Fanny Du Thé

“Riddlestick Theatre are a riot of fun.”
Weston-Super-Mum on The Cabinet of Madame Fanny Du Thé

“This is creative, imaginative theatre at its very best – and even the greatest cynic will likely be left feeling thoroughly entertained and amused.”
Bristol 24/7 on The Cabinet of Madame Fanny Du Thé

Suitable for ages 12+
Running Time: 1 hour (no interval)