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Bridie Jackson and the Arbour are a Newcastle quartet of folk-influenced musicians; creating works of haunting beauty, both sparse and detailed. With rich vocal harmonies and subtle string arrangements, they are led by Bridie’s remarkable voice and evocative wordplay, at once dark and playful, joyous and melancholic.With her early performances wild and untamed, Bridie Jackson’s compositions for solo voice and acoustic guitar began to encompass an ever-changing backing band of guest musicians, playing across the pubs and concert halls of the North East of England. Bridie’s experience of leading choirs, as well as absorbing numerous musical styles from an early age travelling Europe with her family, allowed her to deftly lead her talented ensemble. Condensing and honing their varied musical backgrounds (traditional folk, classical, dance), the Arbour brought her songs brilliantly to life.
Twice-nominated at BBC Folk Awards, contemporary folk/acoustic duo Gilmore & Roberts combine award-winning songwriting with astounding lap-tapping guitar, fiery fiddle and their trademark harmonies, creating a powerful wall of sound. Their third album The Innocent Left, recorded in London with producer Julian Simmons (Guillemots, Ed Sheeran, Albert Lee), explores many and varied topics but remains consistently bound by Gilmore & Roberts' passion for stories.
Heg & The Wolf Chorus are an exciting blend of folk and dramatic pop, using dynamic violin and percussion, all overlaid with Heg’s flamboyant piano playing and a rich wash of vocal harmonies to tell their dark stories. Their 'other-worldy' breed of new folk music uses these lavish vocal arrangements to create drama and atmosphere in their theatrical sound. The songs, written by Heg, draw inspiration from traditional fairy tales and the twisted roots of her own family tree, taking the listener on a journey from Grimm’s fantastical forests, across the stormy Atlantic to the black, dangerous coal mines of Illinois and far beyond.