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Kristy Cox (AUS/USA)
Kristy Cox is the new voice in Australian bluegrass. Adored for her youthful energy infused bluegrass, she has been awarded with radio success and accolades for her talent.
Credited for her performance and songwriting capabilities, Golden Guitar winner Kristy has been shortlisted in the International Bluegrass Music Awards the past four years for New Artist of the Year and Female Vocalist of the Year.
Recently signing with bluegrass label Mountain Fever Kristy released her brand new album ‘Ricochet’ in January 2018, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Charts for Bluegrass Album. The first single and title track of the album saw her sit at #1 on the Bluegrass Today Radio charts for two weeks. Kristy was nominated in the 2019 CMA’s in Australia for Female Artist of the Year and Bluegrass Recording of the Year , which saw her take home her third CMA Award for her track ‘Ricochet’
Midnight Skyracer (UK)
IBMA Momentum Award nominated bluegrass band, Midnight Skyracer have been tearing up the UK bluegrass and folk scene since their inception . Their all star lineup and exciting live performances have sent them racing skywards at an astounding pace right from the start, with Leanne Thorose’s powerhouse vocals and driving mandolin; Tabitha Agnew’s sweet voice and virtuosic banjo playing; Eleanor Wilkie’s rock solid bass grooves; Laura Carrivick’s flair, being equally adept on both fiddle and dobro; and twin sister Charlotte’s agility on the guitar, with both sisters filling in the vocal harmonies.
“…these varied aspects of their musical personalities contribute to the greater good of a band playing for the song, for the singer, for the music.” Ron Block of Alison Krauss & Union Station
John Lowell, Ben Winship, Joe Newberry (US)
A special Crossover/ Sorefingers collaboration line up. These three talented musicians will have just spent an enjoyable and exhausting week teaching students at Sorefingers Summer School. We let them catch up on their sleep before joining us at Crossover to give us a treat.
The Growling Old Men really enjoy playing music together. Ben Winship (mandolin & vocals) and John Lowell (guitar & vocals) are both veterans of the Northern Rockies’ acoustic music world and have been performing and recording together since 1998. Together the duo presents a tight, yet relaxed set of original and traditional bluegrass songs, ballads and tunes – informed equally by the music of the Appalachian hills and the western plains.
In concert the Growling Old Men are engaging and spontaneous as they make a big sound for two guys. Their shows include a blend of well-rehearsed material and few new songs hot off the press – they like to walk the edge of improvisational risk taking. The duo strives to contrast simplicity with complexity; all with good tone and a warm sense of humour.
Known around the world for his clawhammer banjo playing, Joe Newberry is also a powerful guitarist, singer and songwriter. He performs solo and with many collaborations including on the BBC Transatlantic Sessions
Evie Ladin and Keith Terry (USA)
The neo-trad kinetic-folk of the Evie Ladin Band is a mingling of the deep Appalachian sound of clawhammer banjo, guitar, bass and percussive dance, with contemporary storytelling and original, conversational interplay among the band members. Some of their adventurousness comes from early hip hop in the high school cafeteria, some from Evie’s early attraction to, and study of, the African roots in Appalachian music and dance
Evie’s mastery of the clawhammer banjo is an absolute wonder, and the soulful, salty tanginess of her voice grips the listener and refuses to let go as it narrates some wild musical tales —WOMAD Festival
Aaron Jonah Lewis (US)
“Fiddlin’ and banjoin’ genius Aaron Jonah Lewis: multiple award-winning fiddler, banjo player extraordinaire, Aaron is well known for taking audiences at concerts and festivals by storm both here in the UK and in the USA… Aaron is rapidly becoming iconic, not just on account of his virtuosity but because of his rapport with his audience. Skills in abundance, passion and presence. All that, then in addition, charisma, pure creativity, and SOUL.”
“I’ve heard quite a lot of old-time fiddle and banjo playing, trust me, but I’ve never heard it like this… played at break-neck speeds, Aaron’s fiddle whipping around tight corners like a high-end sports car… It’s like watching Bach hopped up on speed, composing kickass barn dance tunes in Appalachia… [Aaron is] a player you need to watch.”
As those who have been fortunate enough to catch them in full flight will testify, a Jaywalkers show is an exhilarating experience. UK-based they may be but many from the other side of the Atlantic have complimented them on their particularly stylish delivery of this virtuosic brand of Americana. These three outstanding musicians have developed a tight bond, demonstrated through their well-crafted, tasteful arrangements and ability to bounce ideas around the stage. The combination of powerhouse bass, flame-fingered mandolin, blistering fiddle and three-part harmony pack a punch as fiery as Jay’s lead vocals and make a fuller sound than expected from an acoustic trio.
Mishra are a global folk outfit gathering momentum on the UK scene. Their tight web of intricate, Indian-influenced original music defies definition and is already bringing them awards recognition from just under two years of performing. Led by Kate Griffin’s voice and inimitable clawhammer banjo and driven by Ford Collier’s continent-hopping instrumental skills (Indian tabla, African calabash, Irish whistle and guitar), they won Cambridge Folk Festival’s first ever Christian Raphael prize and in separate projects were both shortlisted for the 2018 BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Awards. Both already accomplished folk musicians (The Drystones and The Unsung Roots) 2018 saw them play Sidmouth Folk Week, Cambridge Folk Festival, Priddy Folk Festival and many more. Until 2019, Mishra performed as a duo under the name Kate Griffin and Ford Collier; their sound has now been further underpinned by the addition of versatile jazz-folk double-bassist and bouzouki player Joss Mann-Hazell
Cardboard Fox are a unique and powerful combination of dexterous instrumental playing, memorable songwriting and energetic live shows.
All four musicians have their musical roots in bluegrass but their collective influences reach much further and this shows in their music
“…an array of carefully crafted textures; often built on rich harmonic foundations… …full of freshness and light.” – FATEA Magazine
The Lowly Strung
Former members of Wheeler Street, The Lowly Strung succinctly captures the band’s exciting genre-bending of bluegrass, old-timey and Americana musical styles.
A new young band with bags of musical experience that isn't afraid to push beyond bluegrass music’s borders as they boldly take this music to a new young audience that is not confined by musical straitjackets but accept the music for what it is … vibrant, exciting, contagious and brilliantly played and sung.
Old time party time. Forged by many joyful late-night sessions, The Firecrackers play party tunes and songs taking inspiration from the high energy music of their fiddle heroes from the 1800’s to the present day. Songs and tunes from the Camp Creek Boys, Skillet lickers, Earl Collins, The Foghorn String Band and The Wandering Ramblers all feature in their lively set.
The Firecrackers are Paul Wood, Dave Proctor on fiddle / mandolin / vocals Emily Smith on fiddle /vocals, Carly Green on banjo / feet, Andy Quelch on guitar / vocals and Graeme Parry on bass. Their combined credits include The Midnight Specials, The Brickyard Rounders, A&E Oldtime String Band, Ragged Out String Band), and their name is inspired by their red-headed fiddlers!
The Firecrackers (UK)
Their line up consists of:
Simon Brady mandolin /guitar & lead vocals
Jonny Hulme banjo and harmony vocals
Ray Walmsley double bass.
We have been trying to book these guys for three years but they have never been able to join us due to other commitments. We are in for a treat.
Tilter Wheel (UK)
Mabel and Huck are an Americana duo from Glasgow, Scotland who are making a name for themselves by putting a modern spin on old-time Folk, Bluegrass & Country music; honing in on tight-knit harmonies and relentless pickin’. Taking inspiration from the likes of Gillian Welch, Gram Parsons, Old Crow Medicine Show & Hank Williams (to name a few), Mabel and Huck are highly anticipated to make a real mark on the UK’s Americana scene.
Mabel and Huck (UK)
Stevie O'Connor Band
Stevie O’Connor is an award winning Country Artist. Entertaining fans across the UK with his powerhouse vocals, infectious guitar/banjo picking and high energy performance live shows. He catapults passion in every word he sings, and every note played. Writing songs from a young age Stevie honed his craft, playing as a session musician with some of the biggest names within the industry. From this he found his true calling… in country music
Steve and Ben Somers Country Band
Ben is back with us this year in a different format. In the family line up with Steve Somers playing a mix of fun Country Songs. his year
Formed for an expedition to the uncharted bluegrass territory of Iceland, Jæja is a contemporary bluegrass quartet composed of four inquisitive young musicians from the UK, mixing influences of jazz, old time, metal and Icelandic folk.
Guitar powerhouse, Bragi Ólafsson from Reykjavik is joined by Evan Davies (The Often Herd - mandolin), Sam Rose (Hot Rock Pilgrims - bass), and Kieran Towers (Pet Yeti - fiddle) to create thoughtful original instrumental music.
Sapphire Storm (Full Band !
Sapphire Storm is a new Bluegrass/ Country music project from Eleanor Wilkie and Leanne Thorose (Midnight Skyracer). A quirky mix of self penned songs from the new album' Two Hearts and a Double Shot of Whisky', and some country and bluegrass favourites. For Crossover they will be performing as a full band along with Kieran Towers (fiddle), Bruno Pichler (dobro), Paddy Kiernan (banjo), Lewis Cohen (vocals/guitar) Josh (drums), Emily (backing vocals).
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