Dynamic Scottish folk four-piece... fiddle, flute, guitar, and percussion.
All current and former students of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Graham Rorie, Aidan Moodie, Connor Sinclair and Craig Baxter have been tipped as 'ones to watch' by Songlines magazine for their lively, engaging and honest performances.
I've now seen these guys quite a few times, and they are bang-on for the BCFRM audience: they epitomise what we're about.
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. Formed in late 2013 in Bath, England, the band features the sibling harmonies of Charlotte and Laura Carrivick (the Carrivick Sisters) on guitar/vocals and fiddle/vocals respectively, the extraordinary talents of young mandolin player Joe Tozer and the driving and technically demanding double bass playing and harmony vocals of John Breese. The band has toured throughout the UK and Europe as well as a couple of performances in North America, including being the first ever UK band to gain a highly sought after showcase spot at the International Bluegrass Music Association's 2016 World of Bluegrass in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Winners of the 2015 Spiral Earth Award for Best Debut, the band followed up on the success of their EP by releasing their first full album, 'Out of Mind', in May 2016. Their latest album, 'Topspin', came out in June this year and has been described variously by reviewers as "thoroughly gorgeous", "striking" and "a surprise and delight".
Scotland's Paul McKenna has long been ranked among our finest younger singers and songwriters. He's armed with a powerful yet intensely emotive voice and passionate social conscience, often expressed through his songs: a combination that's brought frequent comparisons to the great Dick Gaughan.
Paul and his band – comprising Robbie Greig (fiddle), Conal McDonagh (pipes/whistles), Conor Markey (banjo/bouzouki/guitars) and Ewan Baird (percussion) – draw on both Scottish and Irish roots in a dynamic, full-bodied array of original and traditional material along with songs by like-minded authors including Peggy Seeger, Alistair Hulett and Jim Reid.
"The best folk band to have come out of Scotland in the last twenty years" - New York Times
"The best band of their generation" - The Living Tradition
"A band with the potential to dominate the Scottish/Irish traditional scene for the next twenty years" - Fatea Magazine
We're really pleased to have this band on their first-ever UK tour. Catch them while we can afford them!
New Zealand born fiddler George Jackson spent much of his childhood touring around with his family band. An avid student of American fiddle styles, Jackson eventually made his way to Nashville where he's been making a name for himself in recent years, as a member of the Missy Raines Trio (led by the multi-award winning double bassist) and now as bandleader of his own sensational stringband. The George Jackson Band specialises in rollicking old time Americana, folk/roots and classic bluegrass, and will be sure to leave you smiling, tapping your feet, dancing or all three!
The touring line-up is George Jackson (fiddle/vocals), Brad Kolodner (banjo), Hasee Ciaccio (bass/vocals) and Reed Stutz (guitar/vocals). The live set will include a sprinkling of classic old style bluegrass songs.
George and Brad Kolodner are the core of the band and will be on the tour. Brad is well known in his own right and has a big following in the banjo world. Hasee Ciaccio is a great singer and does a bit of step dancing too as well as being one of the top double bass players on the Nashville scene (Molly Tuttle band, The Barefoot Movement, Sister Sadie, Laura Cortese & the Dance Cards, Laurie Lewis, etc etc). They're all stellar players with an amazing track record.