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Folk Union

Hosted in an intimate venue with world-class acoustics, Folk Union is a weekly series featuring a diverse programme of folk music from its core traditions to the cutting edge and beyond.

With BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winners through to emerging talent, the 40+ shows each year present artists from a huge range of musical backgrounds. Audiences can enjoy a rich artistic tapestry spanning the traditional UK & International scene, acoustic, singer-songwriters, Americana, country, bluegrass, roots and other related genres.

Folk Union highlights have included Chris Wood, Peggy Seeger, Martin Carthy, Dave Swarbrick, Martin Simpson, The Poozies, Breabach, Adem, Lau, Roddy Woomble, King Creosote & Jon Hopkins, Emily Barker, Kan, Lisa Knapp, Kris Drever, Roy Bailey & Tony Benn, Bella Hardy, Orlando Seale & The Swell, Sam Lee & Friends and many others, not to mention unannounced special guest appearances on the night.

Every Friday, 8pm

Hall One

John Fullbright + support from Lotte Mullan

Friday, 5 September 2014 - 8:00pm /

Born in Woody Guthrie's hometown of Okemah, Oklahoma, John Fullbright grew up surrounded by a rich musical heritage. He started playing the piano at five and learned to play guitar at the legendary Blue Door eventually supporting Joe Ely and Jimmy Webb.

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Hall Two

Jack Cheshire + Land Observations

Friday, 19 September 2014 - 8:00pm /

Jack Cheshire is an English singer-songwriter and musician. Releasing his third album Long Mind Hotel in 2013, he writes '... mildly psychedelic, quintessentially English... dreamlike and beautiful' music.

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Hall Two

Gentle Men: Roy Bailey & Robb Johnson

Friday, 26 September 2014 - 8:00pm /

This abridged version of Robb Johnson's highly acclaimed song suite Gentle Men focuses on his grandfathers' experience of the war. The songs present the effect of history on two of its statistics, two ordinary soldiers, two gentle men, who survived the war but were forever in its shadow.

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Hall Two

Maia

Friday, 3 October 2014 - 8:00pm /

Maia are a pop folk acoustic quartet from Huddersfield, who have described themselves as sci-fi folk evangelists! They have a radiant varied sound, stunning harmonies with a brooding sense of adventure and streaks of pop eccentricity.

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Hall Two

Jamie Smith's Mabon

Friday, 10 October 2014 - 8:00pm /

Award–winning, stunning, joyous and vibrant – Celtic music without borders – Jamie Smith's MABON (JSM) is an essential and heady treat, currently seen by audiences and critics alike as one of Britain's fastest rising 'must see' roots acts.

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Hall Two

Tim Eriksen: Hardcore Americana

Friday, 17 October 2014 - 8:00pm /

Tim Eriksen is acclaimed for transforming American tradition with his startling interpretations of old ballads, love songs, shape-note gospel and dance tunes from New England and Southern Appalachia.

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Brock McGuire Band + CrossHarbour

Friday, 24 October 2014 - 8:00pm /

The Brock McGuire Band is a tight and tenacious four-piece recently voted 'Traditional Irish band of the decade' by Irish American News. Support is from dynamic new London Irish band, CrossHarbour, fusing well-loved traditional tunes and songs with self-penned material and original arrangements.

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Hall Two

Macalla + The London Lasses & Chris O'Malley

Sunday, 26 October 2014 - 8:00pm /

The first all-female traditional Irish band, Macalla, celebrate their 30th Anniversary year. Support comes from traditional Irish group The London Lasses, who are about to record their fifth album with pianist/guitarist Chris O'Malley.

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Hall One

Mary Gauthier: 'Trouble and Love' ALBUM LAUNCH

Wednesday, 5 November 2014 - 8:00pm /

Join Louisiana-native turned Nashville-resident, Mary Gauthier, for the launch of her brand new studio album, including songs written with Beth Nielsen Chapman and Gretchen Peters. Album guests include Duane Eddy.

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Boo Hewerdine: 'My Name In Brackets' ALBUM LAUNCH

Friday, 14 November 2014 - 8:00pm /

One of England's finest songwriters Boo Hewerdine launches his new album 'My Name in Brackets', featuring singles 'Amazing Robot' and 'Drinking Alone'. 'Both these tracks were recorded as a one man band just like the very first recordings I made'.

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Listen to our Autumn 2014 playlist...

 

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Fiona Talkington, Late Junction,
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