Martin Carthy and Dave Swarbrick Martin Carthy and Dave Swarbrick are 'folk royalty', both widely acclaimed for their impressive contributions to folk music. Swarbrick has been described as "the most influential [British] fiddle player bar none" by Ashley Hutchings, one of his former colleagues in seminal folk-rock band Fairport Convention. Carthy was a key player in the British folk revival of the 1960s and is renowned for his individual treatment of traditional songs, often featuring his unconventional guitar tuning and percussive picking style. Like Swarbrick he has collaborated widely and has been in numerous bands, notably Steeleye Span, The Watersons, Brass Monkey and, most recently, The Imagined Village. What is especially exciting about tonight is that Carthy and Swarbrick are touring as a duo again: they have played together on many albums from the 1960s to the present, beginning with Carthy's debut album way back in 1965.


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Sheesham & Lotus & 'Son For a second year, the small Yorkshire town of Settle is hosting the Settle Folk Gathering, a series of concerts, sessions and workshops held from 3rd to 6th September. According to celebrity MC Mike Harding in his introduction tonight, highly eccentric Canadian ‘old-time’ music trio Sheesham & Lotus & 'Son are one of the festivals ‘must have on the bill’ acts.


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My Darling Clementine Birmingham-based country-duo, My Darling Clementine, have received high-praise for their two albums and it’s a big treat to catch up with them performing at, what must surely be, one of the most delightful gig venues anywhere.


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Dick Gaughan and Jim Page Dick Gaughan is maybe not a household name outside of ‘folk music’ circles. However, he really should be because he has one of the finest voices you will ever hear. And he’s also a brilliant guitarist, songwriter and interpreter of songs.


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Galtres Parklands Festival Galtres Parklands Festival returns to Duncombe Park, Helmsley this summer to mark its tenth birthday in style, with performances from major artists including Levellers, The Human League, Tricky, Morcheeba, Bellowhead and Public Service Broadcasting.


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