Born and raised in Wythe County in southwest Virginia, Sam Gleaves performs innovative mountain music with a sense of history. Under the direction of local teacher and barber Jim Lloyd, Sam took up stringband instruments as a teenager, including the banjo, guitar, fiddle, autoharp and dulcimer. With his mentor ballad singer Sheila Kay Adams, Sam found his voice and fell in love with the mountain love songs, which he carries into his generation with pride. Sam’s performances combine traditional Appalachian ballads, dance tunes, original songs and the stories that surround the music.

Sam earned a degree in Folklore from Berea College and performed for four years with the Berea College Bluegrass Ensemble, directed by Al White. With that band and as a solo artist, Sam has toured extensively, performing at U.S. venues such as Mountain Stage and the Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour, and abroad in Ireland, England, Canada and Japan.

Sam writes new songs in the Appalachian tradition, telling stories about love, the home place, working people and present social issues in the mountains. Sam’s music has been featured by National Public Radio, Kentucky Educational Television, No Depression, The Bluegrass Situation, KEXP, Exclaim!, Sing Out!, The Bitter Southerner, and Still Journal.

AIN'T WE BROTHERS, Sam's debut record of original songs, was released in November, 2015. Produced by Cathy Fink, AIN’T WE BROTHERS also features guest artists Janis Ian, Tim O’Brien, Laurie Lewis, Marcy Marxer, Tyler Hughes and others.

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A member of the North American musical Seeger family, is a singer of traditional Anglo-American songs and activist songmaker. She plays six instruments: piano, guitar, 5-string banjo, Appalachian dulcimer, autoharp and English concertina.

She has recorded 23 solo albums and participated directly in more than a hundred others.? She lived in England for 35 years with the singer/songmaker Ewan MacColl, and has three children and nine grandchildren. These days Peggy divides her time between New Zealand and the UK (Oxford).  She is available from April onwards for Festivals and Arts Centres.

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Les Barker writes strange poems and comes from originally from Manchester, but he's now Welsh. He was an accountant before he became a professional idiot. He's written 77 books, which sell in large numbers at his gigs because people don't quite believe what they've just heard. His poems have spawned a number of folk heroes: Jason and the Arguments, Cosmo the Fairly Accurate Knife Thrower, Captain Indecisive and Spot of the Antarctic, to name but two.  See Tour dates at end of "more"

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Kara plays songs written from a 21st century perspective that have come out of the folk traditions of England, Ireland, France, and Spain, all being countries in which she has lived in the course of her none too short life.

Her show, which is ideal for clubs, lazy festival afternoons or late cabaret, consists of songs from her recently released album 'A Short Study On The Nature of Love and Drink', plus some old ones and some new ones, and stories that often as not start “I met a man in a bar”.

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Idiot And Friend - At the 2005 Australian National Festival (which attracted 55,000 people!) Les Barker and Keith Donnelly were billed at a special sell-out concert as “The Laughing Stock of Great Britain”.

Les Barker - Writes strange poems and comes originally from Manchester, but he's now Welsh.  He was an accountant before he became a professional idiot. He's written hundreds of books, which sell in large numbers at his gigs because people don't quite believe what they've just heard.

Keith Donnelly - Will make you laugh, cry or make you do anything you may or may not want to do. He is an accomplished singer guitarist and writer of national fame.  He has written for the likes of Jasper Carrot and Phil Cool.

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An expert entertainer of enormous presence and sensitivity, always in warmest rapport with her audiences, whether in an intimate club, a concert hall, festival marquee or a school. She plays a huge range of musical instruments, but her main tool is her old-time mountain banjo.

Debby is recognised as one of the finest frailers of the banjo in the accompanying style and is much valued as a workshop teacher. Her combination of good-time, old time instrumentals, glorious singing, with occasional outbreaks of freestyle Appalachian stepping and mountain fiddling, has made her one of the most popular and appreciated of traditional performing musicians and teachers. Get Debby to work for you - once you've seen and heard her, you'll want to have her back.

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Chris Sherburn and Denny Bartley have been bringing their unique sound to audiences across Europe and America since the early 1990’s, when a chance meeting at a music session created one of Folk music’s most enduring partnerships.

Known for their soul stirring songs, exhilarating tunes and a love of the craic, Chris (concertina) and Denny (vocal and Guitar) ensure that no two concerts are ever the same. Founder members of the band ‘Last Night’s Fun’ which received international acclaim and a loyal fan base over 11 years together, Chris and Denny have decided to return to their roots as a duo whilst other members of the band pursue new projects.  They are now joined by the wonderful fiddle player and singer Emily Sanders.  Emily brings magic accompianment and beautiful harmonies.

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Irish American Cathie Ryan, with her crystalline vocals and insightful songwriting, is an original and distinctive voice in Celtic music. Since her acclaimed seven year tenure as lead singer of Cherish the Ladies, the Detroit born Ryan has established herself as one of Celtic Music's most popular and enduring singer-songwriters.

The Boston Globe recently wrote, "Cathie Ryan is a thrilling traditional vocalist whose honey-pure soprano is equally at home on probing original ballads about a woman's place in the modern world. “Concert of the Year Award…Cathie Ryan, our Female Vocalist of the Decade, is quite simply the best. She and her talented, versatile band give the definitive live Irish music performance.” - Irish American News, Chicago

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