Ear Trumpet Music Presents: Rachel Baiman

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

Well versed in a variety of fiddle traditions including Old-Time, Bluegrass, Scottish and Canadian styles, Rachel Baiman is a versatile and dynamic musician. Rachel is a winner of the Midwestern Fiddle Championships as well as a two time winner of the Illinois State fiddle Championship and a second place winner of the 2012 Nashville Grand Masters Fiddle Championship in the “Traditional Styles” category. Her love for folk and acoustic music inspired a move to Nashville in 2008, where she earned degrees in Music and Anthropology at Vanderbilt University.

Baiman’s 2017 label debut Shame was featured on NPR’s “Songs We Love”, called a “Rootsy Wake-up Call” by Folk Alley, and described by Vice’s “Noisey” as “flipping off authority one song at a time.” It was nominated for the Independent Music Awards Americana Album of the Year, and was the recipient of the Indie Acoustic Award’s Americana Album of the Year award. Her followup Thanksgiving is an intriguing follow up to Shame, allowing her a chance to stretch out stylistically, moving effortlessly between bluegrass, to bolk, old-time and country. The 4 song project features special guests Molly Tuttle (with whom she toured the UK with in 2018), and Josh Oliver (of Mandolin Orange). The bittersweet lyricism she’s become known for conveys the push and pull of hardship and hope we often feel during the holiday season.

She has toured extensively throughout the United States with 10 String Symphony, (with fellow fiddle player Christian Sedelmyer of the Jerry Douglas Band, Molly Tuttle), as well as with her own band. In February 2020, Baiman will release a three song EP in collaboration with Singer-Songwriter Mike Wheeler. This trio tour will be featuring Shelby Means (Della Mae) on bass, and Cy Winstanley (Tattletale Saints) on guitar.

Running Time: 2 hours (with interval)

Ear Trumpet Music Presents: Ewan McLennan

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

From a BBC Folk Award to his work with Transatlantic Sessions through to his recent critically-acclaimed collaboration with the author George Monbiot, Ewan McLennan has come to be known as one of the finest troubadours, singer-songwriters and balladeers of his generation. Whether singing self-penned works that speak to our modern times, centuries-old traditional ballads or drinking songs, his intimate and moving performances are renowned for their ability to weave narratives that span centuries and continents.

As well as some of the favourites from his previous albums, this solo tour will feature tracks from his forthcoming EP – with songs that touch on issues from Windrush to the loss of our natural world, as well as traditional shanties, lullabies and ballads.

“McLennan continues his evolution into a major figure on the folk scene. An artist whose music lives and breathes.”
★★★★ Songlines

“Breaking the Spell of Loneliness is a powerful, poignant set.”
★★★★ Guardian

Running Time: 2 hours (with interval)

Ear Trumpet Music Presents: TOUKI – Cory Seznec & Amadou Diagne

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

Who would have guessed that a chance encounter between buskers in the streets of Bath, England in 2007 would lead to a new musical adventure in 2020? Amadou Diagne from Senegal and French-American Cory Seznec hit it off that Spring day years ago, planting the seeds of a future collaboration in their minds. In the meantime, life embarked them on different touki (journey in Wolof). Amadou put down roots in Bath, got married, had a daughter, recorded solo albums and continued to collaborate with other musicians from Africa and beyond. Cory released a handful of albums with various projects, moved to Ethiopia for several years and traveled extensively before moving to Paris and settling down for a spell with his family.

With the recent support of an Arts Council of England grant, Amadou and Cory have been able to see their seedling shoot up into the light. Rehearsals in Paris led to a recording at Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studios in Somerset. A tour in the UK is planned for March 2020, followed by shows in France late May. And from there? The touki brought them together, the touki took them apart. Now the voyagers are reunited with the richness of their various experiences. Who knows what’s in store?

Running Time: 2 hours (with interval)

Ear Trumpet Music Presents: Chris Wood

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

Chris Wood is an uncompromising writer whose music reveals his love for the un-official history of the English speaking people. With gentle intelligence he weaves the tradition with his own contemporary parables. A self-taught musician, composer and song writer, Chris is a lifelong autodidact whose independent streak shines through everything he does. Always direct and unafraid to speak his mind, his song writing has been praised for its surgical clarity. He cites his major influence as “Anon”. His most recent album ‘So Much to Defend’ has received wide critical acclaim and includes reflections on minor league football, empty nest syndrome, learning to swim, Cook-in Sauce and, not least, the Gecko as a metaphor for contemporary society. Hollow Point; his chilling ballad of the shooting of Jean Charles Menezez, won a BBC Folk Award (he’s won six.) and emphatically secured Wood’s place as a serious speech-master for the unofficial history of England. Collaborators include Martin Carthy, Dizraeli, Billy Bragg, Andy Cutting, Andy Irvine, Karine Polwart, Jean Francois Vrod, The Imagined Village, Hugh Lupton, Martin Butler and many others. On stage Chris has the air of a craftsman who no longer needs to be precious about his art. Without any apparent effort he reaches deep into an enviable repertoire of songs before revealing another gem.

“Remarkable for the settings as much as the lyrics.”
★★★★ Guardian

“A quietly powerful, astute and vivid set of songs… A folk–soul album.”

Running Time: 2 hours (with interval)

Ear Trumpet Music Presents: Kit Hawes & Aaron Catlow (Pill Pilots Album Launch) + Lady Nade

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

Kit Hawes & Aaron Catlow 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 the British Isles and beyond; combining dazzling playing with a fine sense of musicality and showmanship.

“Fleet fingered and ingeniously arranged. …..deserve to be thought of as up there with the best of them.”

“Reminiscent of Martin Carthy and the late Dave Swarbrick and I can give them no higher accolade.”
Mark Radcliff, BBC Radio 2

Singer-songstress Lady Nade has a tender, powerful, velveteen voice, and a knack for creating memorable melodies, using authentic and powerful narratives. A dedicated food aficionado, she pours creativity into every song, lavishing them with a recipe to match. Having earned plaudits on BBC2, BBC6 and a host of other shows as well as supporting the likes of Grammy nominated YOLA, her evocative voice and evocative songs make you feel as if she’s an old friend. After playing numerous highly sought-after venues throughout 2019 Lady Nade’s journey continues to blossom, recently been chosen by English Folk Expo to participate their 2019/20 Artist Development Programme. With cards dealt from the decks of Modern Folk, soul and pop. 2020 is looking to be a year in which Lady Nade will take on even greater heights.

Running Time: 2 hours (with interval)

The Paper Cinema Club

Part puppet show, cinema show and slide show, The Paper Cinema is a fascinating, haunting and very clever mix of live music and live animation. What happens when inkblots, photocopies, cardboard, anglepoise lamps, the occasional table, video technology, a laptop and a banana box meet? Donʼt miss this chance to see The Paper Cinema with your own eyes…

Following their critically acclaimed show Macbeth and numerous overseas tours, the company take a monthly slot at The Wardrobe Theatre across Spring 2020 for a series of scratch performances that end in an invitation to audiences to find out more about the company’s work and have a go themselves. Join the club…

“Fragile and beautiful.”
★★★★ Lyn Gardner, Guardian

★★★★ Time Out

Running Time: 90 minutes (with interval)

Ear Trumpet Music Presents: Ålesund (plus Garcia)

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

Bristol dreamscape pioneers Ålesund (pronounced Aww-le-sund) released their debut EP Shift & Flux on 15th Feb 2019. Produced by Jake Bright (Mary Spender, Doeray, Kate Stapley, Svelte, Future Dub Orchestra,) Shift & Flux is a collection of beautifully crafted songs with a sparse, Nordic undercurrent. Immersive sound; rolling drums; intricate guitar work; and soaring vocals, Ålesund are an atmospheric force from the trip hop heartland that create expansive, emotive and exhilarating sound worlds. Their music has been greatly received by fans and critics over the past few months. After a busy year of studio work, a summer of festivals, a string of sell out shows, their first UK tour and a plays on BBC Bristol, BBC Introducing and a stream of regional radio shows they are now excited to be sharing EP number two with the world.

“Flawless production, exquisite vocal range and graceful atmospherics…‘Shift & Flux’ might very well be the best song we’ve listened to this year.”
Tap the Feed

“Haunting cinematics, total musical immersion and a beautifully Nordic twist; that’s the tour-de-force of Bristol four-piece Ålesund.”
Born Music Online

What is ‘healing music’? – “It’s the opposite of escapism,” says Garcia, a Bristol-based multi-instrumentalist. Garcia has recently announced his single ‘Higher’, kicking off the ‘healing music’ project in response to the world’s need to reconnect. The recently released single explores issues concerning mental wellbeing and self-care. The sound explodes with deep kicks, heartfelt vocals, warm pianos and electronic arpeggiators, but its message is simple – everyone deserves happiness. The single is one of six to be released over the next nine months, each drawing attention to a different subject necessary to explore in order to bring us closer together.

Inspired by the examples of Bon Iver, Aurora and London Grammar, to name a few, Garcia fuses the melancholic with the uplifting, and pushes the boundaries on how musicians can affect social change. By collaborating with other artists, mindfulness instructors, spoken word artists, visual experience designers, psychologists, dancers and non-for-profits, Garcia is looking to create experiences that cannot be replicated digitally, and that inspire us to feel better.

Running Time: 2 hours (with interval)

Ear Trumpet Music & Colston Hall Presents: Jonah Tolchin (plus Gwenifer Raymond)

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

He may only be 27-years-old but Jonah Tolchin already has a knack for telling the kind of stories that can stand the test of time. What makes his music so special is the emotive ruminations on the very things that make us human.

Tolchin captures feelings in real time, and shares intimate, cathartic moments. The blues-influenced, New Jersey native’s “transition into a tender-hearted folkie is almost complete” (Folk Alley), with “his writing yielding some beautiful melodies and emotive moments” (Elmore Mag). This bright young star aims to take us out of every day and celebrate the mundane yet beautiful parts of existence.

Gwenifer Raymond is a Welsh multi-instrumentalist, originally from Cardiff but now residing in Brighton, England. Gwenifer began playing guitar at the age of eight shortly after having been first exposed to punk and grunge. After years of playing around the Welsh valleys in various punk outfits she began listening more to pre-war blues musicians as well as Appalachian folk players, eventually leading into the guitar players of the American Primitive genre. Gwenifer has since been playing her own moody and often-times manic original American Primitive styled compositions on guitar and banjo around the UK and US.

In 2017 she signed to the multi grammy award nominated label Tompkins Square, and released her first single ‘Sometimes There’s Blood’ in October of that year, with her debut album ‘You Never Were Much of a Dancer’ released the following year.

Running Time: 2 hours (with interval)

Ear Trumpet Music & Colston Hall Presents: Joan Shelley

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

Veering away from confessional archetypes, Shelley instead likes to concentrate on her sense of time and place; how seasons change our surroundings, landscapes, waterfalls and flowers and how, as humans, we look to these natural miracles to try to make sense of the world. She’s shared the stage with artists such as Bonnie “Prince” Billy and Doug Paisley, opened for the likes of Wilco and Andrew Bird, while Jeff Tweedy produced her self-titled fifth album.

Kentucky-based singer-songwriter Joan Shelley followed her debut album ‘Electric Ursa’ (2014) with ‘Over and Even’ (2015), which was named album of the year at NPR Music and in the Los Angeles Times. Rolling Stone gave it 4 stars and called it “a masterfully turned set of folk reflections.” Shelley made the record with guitarist Nathan Salsburg, recording the bulk of the tracks over just two days. She has since spent timing touring the US and Europe, and will be releasing an album in 2017.

Running Time: 2 hours (with interval)

Ear Trumpet Music & Colston Hall Presents: Gill Landry (plus Joe Strouzer)

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

Gill Landry joined Old Crow Medicine Show in the early noughties following the hiatus of founding member Chris Fuqua, staying on after his return and bagging two Grammys in the process.

Releasing his debut solo album in 2007, he followed it up with the self-released 2011 album ‘Piety & Desire’ which saw collaborators include the likes of Brandi Carlile, The Felice Brothers, And Jolie Holland. He’s described as a songwriter who “bares his soul through a deeply personal, elegant collection of tracks that functions like a song cycle of heartbreak,” (ThankFolkForThat).

Joe Strouzer sings songs from his travels from Newcastle to New Orleans and a hell of a lot of places in between. His driving resonator guitar is coupled with true harmonica voodoo and biting original songwriting of modern trouble, heartpains, moonlit trysts, drinking and devilment, peppered with a rich history of blues.

“Where in the world did a limey kid from the U.K. get the nerve,and the talent to sing the blues like he had roots in the 1930’s Mississippi Delta. I am happy to know that Joe Strouzer has the soul and the talent to keep the blues alive.”
Leroy Martin, Swamp Pop Legend and Louisiana Board of Music

Running Time: 2 hours (with interval)