Artists performing at Settle Folk Gathering 2019 include:
The Mighty Doonans
The Mighty Doonans have a deserved reputation for their imaginative and innovative interpretations of traditional and contemporary songs. With brass, drums, keyboards, electric guitars and amazing vocals, they have the ability to blend different genres of music and dance (and the occasional joke) into their act. This leads to thoroughly entertaining performances that delight audiences across the ‘folk world’. The original ‘Doonan Family Band’ regulars; Mick & Kevin Doonan, Phil Murray & Stu Luckley, are joined by various family members, Rosie & Frances Doonan (Mick’s daughters), Jamie Luckley (Stu’s son) a great old friend Ian (Walter) Fairbairn and occasionally joined by Ben Murray (Phil’s son) which all constitute ‘The Mighty Doonans’. The original ‘Doonan Family Band ‘ have been part of the British folk scene for over 40 years. John Doonan , father of Mick and Kevin, was the godfather of Irish music, a World Champion Piccolo Player. The Mighty Doonans continue to deliver their traditions and influences along with powerhouse arrangements and sensitive interpretations of a wide variety of material, while retaining their renowned rapport and relationship with all audiences.
Jez Lowe has long been one of the UK’s busiest folk performers, playing for audiences the world over, either solo, (with guitar, cittern and harmonica accompaniment), or with his band The Bad Pennies. As part of The Pitmen Poets (with Bob Fox, Benny Graham and Billy Mitchell), Jez has helped to rekindle the fire in the tradition of mining songs and culture of his native region in a series of sell out theatre performances around the UK. Over the last couple of decades, the likes of Fairport Convention, The Dubliners, Mary Black, The Young Uns and scores more, have adopted his songs for their own repertoires. No wonder no less than Richard Thompson has called him “The best singer songwriter to come out of the UK for a long time”.
Andy May, with his accordion, Northumbrian smallpipes and whistles, has quickly expanded from being a sought-after session player for the likes of Kathryn Tickell, to be a valued member of a live performance bands. With 20 wins at open piping competitions under his belt, his first at the age of 13, Andy is a record-breaking and holding, nine-time winner of the Northumbrian Pipers Society Annual Open Competition! In addition to his adeptness at playing the pipes, Andy also makes them. Having studied the pipes at the University of York, Andy has been influenced by Roland Lofthouse, Adrian Schofield, Billy Pigg and Tom Clough. When not playing with the Bad Pennies, Andy tours worldwide with the band Baltic Crossing.
Jed Grimes’ track record as an innovator in the field of roots and folk music dates from his early days in the much loved 70s folk-rock band Hedgehog Pie. Since then he has earned Nominations at the BBC Radio Two Folk Awards for his arrangements for the Northumbria Anthology, and his 6-piece folk/jazz/rock outfit The Hush, featuring Bob Fox: he has released three widely acclaimed solo CD albums, and continues to tour the festivals, folk/roots clubs and arts centres of UK and Europe, where his powerful vocal style and rich, often flamboyant guitar style, allied to a ready Geordie wit, excite and entertain audiences numbering from 50 to 25,000 with equal flair.
Alice Jones is a singer, multi-instrumentalist and dancer from Ripponden in West Yorkshire. Her background is deeply rooted in the English folk tradition and the music that she makes instantly reflects this strong influence. Alice sings mostly traditional songs accompanying herself on the piano or harmonium and sometimes only with foot percussion. The sensitive and intuitive arrangements of each song allow the stories to take centre stage and, inspired by her beginnings as a percussive dancer, they are loaded with a rhythm and energy that portrays her dancer’s heartbeat. Her distinctive voice and innovative style lends a fresh, modern perspective to traditional material and brings new life to old songs.
Dan Quinn (Flowers & Frolics, Gas Mark 5) started thinking about recording a solo album, and reckoned it would be fun to get Ian Kearey (Oysterband, Shirley Collins) and Adam Bushell (Stocai, The Tacet Ensemble) to join him for a couple of numbers. He was right! So much so, that they recorded a whole album together and Duck Soup was released in 2005. The sound is based around Dan’s melodeon and vocals, which keep them firmly rooted in English tradition even when they’re playing tunes from Canada, Barbados or beyond. Whether playing bass, dobro, mandolin or anything else, Ian provides solid groove and Adam brings an array of odd instruments ranging from marimba to phonofiddle to the mix.
Drop the Floor
Drop the Floor are a four piece vocal and instrumental group based in Clitheroe, Lancashire. Firmly rooted in the traditional music and songs of Ireland but also taking influences from Scotland, Lancashire and America, the band features Steven Johnston on uilleann pipes, Martin Baptie on fiddle, Richard Moss on guitar and vocals and Daniel Burke on tenor banjo. Following the release of their debut album “Raise the Roof” in early 2014 and a number of barnstorming appearances including The BIG Whistle Festival, Fylde Folk Festival, Wirral Folk Festival and Cloudspotting Festival, the band continue to build a reputation for their mighty live performances.
Stanley emerged from the dark days of the late 1970’s and has been terrorising the cultural world ever since. He has written hundreds of songs in a range of styles on a vast rake of subjects. There are old-style songs on current happenings and modern style songs on ancient events. There are poems, pastiches, parodies, and possibly anything. Apart from the silly and very silly material, Stanley has always been writing serious songs to confuse the situation further. He has performed hundreds of times at a wide range of events all over UK and occasionally beyond. He always tries to be both relevant and entertaining.
Duncan has been performing since the early 70’s initially playing pub rock but eventually graduating to folk music. He has an obvious feel for the tradition and a deep-rooted belief that it has a place in the current folk scene, aspects which he puts across with lively showmanship. His own songs show a canny grasp of, and response to, the tradition, while his intrinsic seriousness of intent and approach is often laced with a healthy irreverence that happens to be hugely entertaining.
Michelle Holding and Bonz
Michelle Holding sings traditional and contemporary British and American songs, playing guitar, banjo and concertina. Blessed with a striking and distinctive voice, she performs with passion and sensitivity. Confesses publicly to being a Morris dancer and also calls dances for ceilidhs, something which she is gaining quite a following for, through her welcoming, gender free calling style. Michelle is starting to wade into the murky waters of classic English fingerstyle banjo. Her accompanist Bonz is a talented multi-instrumentalist, playing dobro, banjo and harmonica, and provides harmony vocals when with Michelle.
Karin and Karl
Karin is a singer/songwriter with some 30 years experience in the Jazz/Blues field. Several years ago she became enthralled with Folk Music and its diversity and started to write and sing Folk Songs. Now teamed with Karl Robins (singer/songwriter/multi instrumentalist) she devotes her time solely to writing and performing within the Folk genre. Karl Robins has been playing for many years in the Acoustic Folk/ Folk Rock genre. A songwriter since his late teens, Karl likes to experiment with different rhythms and styles. He plays acoustic and electric guitars, Puerto Rican Cuatro and sings melodies and harmonies.
Rosie’s journey into music started at a very early age. From learning to play the guitar at 8 years old, she continued to learn different instruments, to accompany her singing. After playing in bluegrass/Americana bands, she has returned to her folk roots, “still learning, along the way.” As a Settle local, she is pleased to be performing guitar and banjo songs and tunes at the Gathering.
Mic and Susie Darling
Mic and Susie Darling bring songs and stories based on their experiences as part of the Traveller community.
Kevin has, for the last forty years, lived and worked near the village of Clapham on the western edge of the Yorkshire Dales, first as a teacher and youth worker and latterly with two of his sons making furniture. Kevin sang as a child at home with his family and in various school choirs but his particular interest in music started when he made his first guitar at school during woodwork lessons and taught himself to play. In his mid teens he got together with friends to form a five piece vocal, guitar and banjo folk harmony band called The Travelling People. The band achieved absolutely no acclaim but played with great success in clubs and pubs and bars and parties, the music was good, the company excellent and the experience formative. He has recently released a CD of his own song compositions drawing on social issues and his location in the Yorkshire Dales for inspiration.
Mark has been interested in folk music since his days at school where someone gave him the seminal LP “Deep Lancashire” which featured Harry Boardman, The Oldham Tinkers, Mike Harding, Harvey Kershaw and others. After listening to this LP, Mark developed a deep interest in the songs and history of Lancashire and started to add the songs to his burgeoning repertoire. Over the years, Mark has travelled the country with his job and managed to find a folk club to sing at on a regular basis and started getting asked to do gigs at other clubs. Mark continues to perform at folk clubs and other events either by himself or with others, singing songs of his native Lancashire and beyond. Mark has recorded a number of CDs including a CD of the songs of Harry Boardman to keep alive these works for a generation that had grown up not knowing about Harry since his passing in 1987. Mark continues to perform at folk clubs and other events either by himself or with others, singing songs of his native Lancashire and beyond.
The Giggleswick Temperance Band
The Giggleswick Temperance Band, with caller Michelle Holding, will be playing for the Ceilidh on Friday night. The band members have all been involved in the music scene for many more years than they care to recall and the breadth of their experience is evident in the quality and variety of their music which ranges from the traditional through jazz standards to ragtime and everything in between.
Morris Dance Sides
Morris Dance Sides will be performing in the square on both Saturday and Sunday.