First artists announced for Rochdale Folk Fest

The first artists announced to play our first ever Rochdale Folk Festival include: Rosie Hood Trio, The Furrow Collective and Jones & Jones – The Story & The Song. Find out a bit more about these artists below:

First up on Friday 19th March at 7.30pm we bring you the Rosie Hood Trio.

Left to right, Lucy Huzzard, Rosie Hood, Nicola Beazley

A folk singer/songwriter from Wiltshire, Rosie Hood is known for her strong, pure voice and captivating performances as well as being a member of The Dovetail Trio. A BBC Performing Arts Fellow and 2016 BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominee, Rosie has become more than purely a traditional singer. Immersed in traditional music most of her life, Rosie has a keen interest in the history of traditional songs, particularly those of her native Wiltshire, where she has spent time researching in the local archives and developing a broad repertoire of local songs.June 2017 saw Rosie Hood release her first full-length solo album The Beautiful & The Actual, a collection of old and new folk songs, described by The Guardian as “poetic class” ****.

For this concert she will be performing alongside Lucy Huzzard on the melodeon and Nicola Beazley on fiddle. Tickets available here.

Saturday 20th March at 7.30pm sees The Furrow Collective entertain us in the beautiful St Mary’s in the Baum.

The Furrow Collective

The Furrow Collective is an English/Scottish band consisting of four talented and individually prominent performers: Lucy Farrell (viola, voice & saw), Rachel Newton (harp, fiddle, voice), Emily Portman (banjo, concertina, voice) and Alasdair Roberts (guitars, voice).

The group formed in 2013, drawn together by a shared love of traditional song and balladry of the England, Scotland and beyond and an open, intuitive approach to collaboration.

In recognition of their innovative approach, The Furrow Collective were awarded the accolade of 2017 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards ‘Best Group’, hot on the heels of the release in late 2016 of their second album, Wild Hog (also on Hudson Records).

The group’s most recent album ‘Fathoms’ was produced in Powys and Oxfordshire by honorary fifth-Furrow Andy Bell and sees the group build further on their substantial reputation for breathing new life into traditional songs.

The twelve recordings of which Fathoms is comprised capture typically innovative arrangements and set the four distinctive voices in a magical, captivating sound-world.

As with their previous collections, the impression is by turns ancient, evoking the lines back to the earliest source, and then altogether unknown; fresh as tomorrow morning.

The Furrow Collective tours extensively throughout the UK as well as in mainland Europe, delighting audiences with their uniquely beguiling approach to traditional song. Tickets available here.

On Sunday 21st March at 2pm Bill Jones and Gareth Davies-Jones treat us to Jones & Jones – The Story & The Song.

Bill Jones & Gareth Davies-Jones

An afternoon of traditional and original songs each with their own unique story.

Award-winning songwriter-musicians Bill Jones and Gareth Davies-Jones perform original and traditional songs each with their own unique story. Bringing a range of instruments, wit and wisdom the pair combine over 30 years of touring experience to guide you through an eclectic mix of musical tales, old and new. Be entertained by tales of daring and disaster, songs of love and laughter, and ballads full of ghostly characters and murderous intrigue.

BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winner Bill (Belinda) Jones (accordion, piano) is renowned for her beautiful voice and memorable, catchy songs. Based in Sunderland but with roots in Staffordshire and India, Bill spent the early 2000s touring across the UK, USA and Japan, and released three acclaimed albums. Fifteen years after taking a short break, Bill returned to the folk scene last year, with the release of her fourth album Wonderful Fairytale.

Sony Radio Award winning singer-songwriter Gareth Davies-Jones has been described as one of the UK’s best kept musical secrets. A musician in the troubadour tradition with over 10 albums to his name including numerous collaborations and residencies, Gareth has graced stages and venues across the UK and Ireland with his rich soulful vocals, keen sense of melody and accomplished guitar playing. Tickets available here.

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