An Evening with Gecko

Expect songs about Tooth fairy admin, long haired folk heroines, ignored characters from Italian renaissance paintings and lots of animals. Gecko has taken two successful shows to the Edinburgh Fringe and appeared at Glastonbury, Bestival, BBC Radio 1 & BBC 6 Music.

“It made me instantly happy.”
Huw Stephens, BBC Radio 1

“Guaranteed to put a smile on even the grumpiest of faces…an absolute favourite.”
Gary Crowley, BBC London Introducing

“Raising a laugh and a lump in the throat all at once is a good trick – possibly the best. Gecko makes it look easy. A gifted young comic songwriter with charm and style to spare…what sets him above many of his contemporaries is his restlessly inventive approach to character. One song offers what may well be the defining chorus of a generation.”
★★★★ Broadway Baby

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Rachel Newton (plus Effra)

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

Singer and harpist Rachel Newton specialises in interpreting traditional folk songs in both English and Scottish Gaelic as well as writing and performing her own instrumental pieces. Rachel performs solo, with her trio featuring Lauren MacColl on fiddle and Mattie Foulds on percussion and with a full band when they’re joined by Michael Owers on trombone and Sarah Hayes on keys.

A skilled collaborator, Rachel is a founder member of the successful UK folk bands The Shee and The Furrow Collective. She also plays fiddle and viola and works across a range of performance platforms including theatre and storytelling. Rachel released her mighty new album ‘Here’s My Heart Come Take it’ in April 2016.

“Haunting vocals and elegant harp.”
The Guardian

“Harp and strings blur the border between worlds.”
The Financial Times

“Rachel Newton is well equipped to take centre stage in her own right and this second solo album is a beauty… fascinating stuff.”
★★★★★ Playlist Selection – fRoots Magazine

Top of the World Editor’s Pick – Songlines Magazine

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: The Ballina Whalers

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

The Ballina Whalers (pronounced Bal-en-a) are Pete Truin, Jamie Doe and Sam Brookes – three musical barnacles clinging to the creaking hull of a musical tradition stretching back over hundreds of years. Using just their voices they explore ballads, shanties and seafaring songs that tell tales of whaling ships, lost loves, roaring storms and hardship out at sea.

Fast becoming one of the most sort after shanty bands around, known as much for their heart rending three part harmonies as their lusty approach to singing shanties, the last few years have been extremely busy for the boys, seeing them playing folk clubs, harbour sides, beaches, boat sheds and festivals up and down the country. Particular highlights include being invited to perform in Holland at the International Sea Shanty Festival in Appingedam and the Naar Zee, Naar Zee Festival in Leiden where they met and exchanged songs with legendary shanty men, Stormalong John, Andy Kenna from Liverpool and Les Souillés de Fond de Cale from Brittany.

“Definitely love at first hearing for me.”
Fiona Talkington, BBC Radio 3 Late Junction

“Stunning voices that blend so beautifully, a real knock out.”
Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Jimmy Aldridge and Sid Goldsmith (plus Anna Kissell)

Ear Trumpet Folk Club presents 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 combination of outstanding vocal work, sensitive instrumentation, and a powerful social conscience has brought them widespread critical acclaim.

“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

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.

“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 Guardian

“Everyone at fRoots is certainly pretty excited about Jimmy Aldridge and Sid Goldsmith, and for good reason. Their honest and arresting songs manage to speak with tender nostalgia whilst civilly calling for change. When you listen, prepare to feel the heat of empathy and the kindling of resistance.”

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Kit Hawes & Aaron Catlow (with Saskia Griffiths Moore)

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

Kit Hawes and Aaron Catlow are a Bristol based duo playing acoustic, folk and roots music. Best known as the virtuoso guitar and fiddle players from the band Sheelanagig, they draw on their many influences to created unique arrangements of traditional music, as well as their own compositions. The live show is a musical journey through Europe, America and beyond; combining dazzling playing with a fine sense of musicality and showmanship.

Kit Hawes and Aaron Catlow’s debut album The Fox explores the relationship between fiddle, guitar and voice, using the fertile ground of the traditional music of the British Isles as its starting point. The product of decades of musical experience, the track listing combines self penned tunes and folk tales, all intricately arranged and heartfelt.

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

“Such dexterity, energy and passion… mightily impressive.”
R2 Magazine

“The pair demonstrate an eclectic approach that lifts them head and shoulders above the rest.”
Acoustic Magazine

“Never a dull moment, with imagination firing throughout and an abundance of creative energy.”
Living Tradition

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Jez Hellard & The Djukella Orchestra (plus Kitty Macfarlane)

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

Jez Hellard is a singer of potent songs, fine guitarist and simply stunning harmonica player. His band, The Djukella Orchestra, play traditional and contemporary folk music, from jigs, reels and ballads to tango, rhumba and even reggae. Featuring one of the most captivating double-bassists you’re likely to see and some of the finest instrumentalists on the UK folk scene, their blend of virtuoso musicianship, witty political comment and a deep repertoire of powerful songs never fails to turn heads. Since hitting the road full time in 2005, Jez has played well over a thousand gigs; from the Glastonbury Festival to the North Country Fair, New York to Taipei, Istanbul to the Iberian Peninsular, gaining fans far and wide.

“Ridiculously enjoyable… an unequivocal thumbs up.”
Folk Radio UK

“Beautifully crafted and stunningly delivered… a staggering jigsaw of musical invention and a sonorous voice that drags you into every song.”

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Front Country

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

When Bob Harris played tracks Front Country’s memorable debut album, Sake of The Sound on BBC Radio 2, he told listeners they were “currently the biggest band on the bluegrass scene in America” …and he was right. Coming out of the California Bay area’s red-hot roots music scene, the band first made serious waves with rarely-accomplished double “best act” competition wins at both the Telluride and Rockygrass music festivals – possibly the most prestigious get-togethers for the genre in the USA.

They’ve been praised for their ability to choose songs to cover (and arrange) that suit them perfectly; they’ve been praised for their sensational individual instrumental performances, for the top quality of their vocal harmonies and the high standard of the self-penned material. In other words, they make music that is distinctly their own; when musicians play and sing this well together, it only serves to magnify the power achieved.

Right at the core are the stunning pairing of Melody Walker and Jacob Groopman, already well-established as a considerable force on the circuit. Their high level of accomplishment is matched by sidekicks Adam Roszkiewicz (mandolin), Leif Karlstrom (violin) and Zach Sharp (bass).

When Sake of The Sound got it’s European release late in 2014, it went from nowhere straight to the Number 11 position on the influential Euro Americana Chart and some of the top music writers in the UK gave it four and five-star ratings. Maverick magazine contributor Paul Kerr enjoyed its “pop sensibility of Fleetwood Mac while retaining a woody, organic feel,” while R2 reviewer David Innes said: “Front Country have put down a strong marker for album of the year.” Writing at, Dai Jeffries called the band “exceptional.”

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: Tom Hickox

Tom Hickox is a singer-songwriter from North London, born in 1981. He released his debut album, War, Peace & Diplomacy, in 2014 via Fierce Panda, following which led to comparisons of Hickox’s music to that of Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits, Scott Walker and Randy Newman.

The Daily Telegraph commended the “depth and intensity” of his voice and music calling him “a true original” and described him as “the most powerful and original lyrical songwriter this country has produced in years”. The Sunday Times described Hickox’s music “as if from a different planet, and certainly from a different age”. Fuse magazine wrote positively of his “outrageously daring lyrics” and the “deathly beauty” of his arrangements. On March 31st 2017, Family Tree/Warner Chappell released Tom Hickox’s second album, Monsters In The Deep.

Ear Trumpet Folk Club: The Nightjar (plus The Young Waters)

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

The Nightjar perform lo-fi post-folk, playing songs for the end of time. Originally conceived as a close-harmony vocal trio, a collaboration with South London producer Kams brought them to the attention of Boiler Room’s Joe Muggs. The ensuing Boiler Room debut went viral, and brought their 2015 ‘The Nightjar’ EP plaudits from nearly 70,000 underground music fans, as well as the accolade of airplay on Radio 3’s Late Junction.

A successful crowd-funding campaign convinced them of the existence of an audience for their dream-like, ethereal songs of hope, loss and disaster and, in the autumn of 2015, The Nightjar relocated to a farmhouse in rural Portugal to begin their first full-length offering. ‘Objects’ was released in March 2017 on Pear O’ Legs Records.

2016 tours of France, Germany and the UK saw audiences brought to a stand-still by the raw intensity of their performance, bringing them a reputation as a must-see live band. Drawing influence from the lo-fi wooze of Grouper, the stark and poignant balladry of Diane Cluck and the deft compositions of Colleen, The Nightjar use close-harmonies, tight-interlocking guitars, deep bass and an intense lead vocal to paint fragile, haunting landscapes.

The Nightjar is Jez Anderson, Mo Kirby, Sarah Ricketts, and Pete Thomas.

The Late Junction, BBC Radio 3

“Mesmerising in live performance.”
fRoots Magazine

How To Win Against History

Henry Cyril Paget was one of the Earth’s wealthiest men, until he lost it all by being too damn fabulous. 5th Marquis of Anglesey blew his family’s colossal fortune on diamond frocks, lilac-dyed poodles and putting on simply amazing plays to which nobody came, causing a very 19th century scandal. His fabulous flame burned brightly, briefly and transvestitely until he died at just 29, after which his outraged family destroyed every record of him ever having had existed.

Seiriol Davies’s fierce, hilarious, tragi-gorgeous, ripped-up new musical is a true story of being too weird for the world but desperately not wanting it to forget you. A frothy, glossy costume drama musical about expectations, manliness, disappointment and the stories we tell to convince ourselves it’s all going well, and the moments we realise it’s not.

How To Win Against History was the solid gold, sparkly-diamond-studded hit of Edinburgh Fringe 2016.

“A work of genius.”
★★★★★ The Daily Telegraph

“Gleeful, ludicrous – a larky collision of Gilbert & Sullivan and Monty Python.”
★★★★ Time Out

“Deliriously entertaining.”
★★★★★ What’s On Stage

WINNER: The Stage Edinburgh Award & Broadway Baby Bobby

Seiriol Davies is a composer, writer and performer from Anglesey, Wales. He trained with Thomas Prattki at LISPA, and has made work with companies like Punchdrunk, You Need Me, One Tenth Human, Giant Bird, Kristin Fredricksson & Beady Eye, Rififi and Boileroom, with whom he won the Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust Award. “Mess”, which he created with Caroline Horton & Co, premiered at the Traverse, Edinburgh in 2012, winning awards including The Stage Award for Acting Excellence and an Argus Angel. He was Cyril Millions in the cult retro-punk time-travelling music hall act Underbling & Vow, wrote and performed with Weimar-glam art band Temper Temper and was a founder member of the Brighton-based performance collective Beatabet.

No performances on 4th or 5th November.