The youngest ever winner of the BBC Young Folk Award, back in 2003, multi-instrumentalist and singer Jarlath Henderson has since won further acclaim in his firebrand partnership with Ross Ainslie. His hotly-anticipated solo debut, Hearts Broken, Heads Turned, launched at Celtic Connections 2016, comprises bold yet sensitive arrangements of traditional song, also featuring Henderson on guitar and cittern, together with his hand-picked accompanying line-up of Hamish Napier, Innes Watson, Duncan Lyall and Andrea Gobbi.
Ross Ainslie is one of Scotland’s finest traditional musicians and composers, highly sought after on the Scottishcontemporary folk scene for his skill on pipes, whistles and cittern. His third and latest album, Sanctuary is a distillation of his globe-trotting experiences in acts including Treacherous Orchestra, Salsa Celtica, India Alba and duos with Jarlath Henderson and Ali Hutton. An all-original, through-composed work, weaving in diverse world-music sounds, it’s performed here with album guests Steven Byrnes, Greg Lawson, Hamish Napier, James Lindsay and Cormac Byrne.
Moishe’s Bagel began in 2003, the lucky accident of an Edinburgh-based Chilean tango singer and four like-minded musicians. A shared love of klezmer, jazz and latin music soon saw them on stage at Henry’s Cellar Bar with a few tunes and a lot of enthusiasm. Since then, the band has regularly toured the UK, Ireland, and the Czech Republic, notching up sellout gigs at the Jazz Cafe, Sage Gateshead, St George’s Bristol, Edinburgh Queens Hall and many many more.
Rise Kagona quickly came to fame after travelling to the UK with his Bhundu Boys when he was in his early 20s. The Bhundu Boys went on to tour the world - one of the first African bands to achieve worldwide success. Now based in Edinburgh, Rise has formed The Jit Jive Band to play his new music. His songs stay true to style that brought him success in the 80s. If anything his music is more rootsy than before - with the addition of marimba and percussion.
Jenn and Laura-Beth have each been a presence on the UK folk scene for a number of years. They were brought together by the close-knit and progressive Glasgow folk music community, spending lots of their time jamming an eclectic mix of folk music from across the globe, particularly the UK, Scandinavia and America. The years of playing together brought a deep affinity between the two artists; their rhythms lock tightly, their voices blend so closely that it’s often hard to tell them apart. They have developed a natural telepathy: two musicians bound together.
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.