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This month's newsletter features a selection of the Strada acts available for the 2023 festival season

BRIDGET ST. JOHN
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Legendary English singer-songwriter Bridget St. John is touring the UK in summer 2023. Bookings are now being taken for festivals and all venues.
Mention of the legendary Bridget St John often seems to induce a misty-eyed, faraway look; many a student room in the Sixties and Seventies would have echoed to her distinctive voice.
Bridget will be appearing solo and with cellist and songwriter Sarah Smout.

Enquiries: graham.smout@stradamusic.com

DUSTBOWL REVIVAL (USA)
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“Energising Americana with a shot of soul, funk, and roots-fused rock” - Elmore Magazine

After blistering shows at this summers’ Cambridge Folk (twice) and Underneath The Stars festivals, LA party band Dustbowl Revival are keen to bring their show back to the UK for summer festivals in 2023. Anyone luckily enough to  witness the pure joy of their shows this summer will no doubt have left with a smile on their faces and Dustbowl’s music in their heads. At one stage on the back of their first Cambridge show the band had sold more merchandise than any other artist on the bill. Not to be missed.

Enquiries: mark.kelly@stradamusic.com

MARTIN TAYLOR 50TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR
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“Taylor is the finest British guitarist of his generation.” The Times

Award-winning guitarist Martin Taylor celebrates 50 years as a touring artist with a series of solo UK concerts. Widely considered to be the world’s foremost exponent of solo jazz and fingerstyle guitar, Martin Taylor’s high-profile fans include Jeff Beck, Jamie Cullum, Pat Metheny, Bill Wyman and Sir Michael Parkinson. Also available with Alison Burns.

Enquiries: polly.bolton@stradamusic.com

SABRINA FRANCIS
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Sabrina Francis signs to Strada!

Sabrina Francis is an “Island Girl” from Grenada. Her journey started from humble beginnings, without the privileges many take for granted. From a small community her family and friends created their own music and Sabrina developed her style of Afro-Caribbean Pop & R&B, playing professionally since 2014. She shares her life through her music, believing that in order to be happy, you need to remain true to yourself and be grateful for everything in your life. Sabrina’s music is spiritual, uplifting and effortlessly commercial. She has performed numerous sell out shows in the UK, USA and Europe.

Enquiries: stuart.hardy@stradamusic.com

BARBARA DICKSON WITH NICK HOLLAND
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“Scotland's best-selling female singer in terms of the numbers of hit chart singles and albums she has achieved in the UK since 1976”.  The Scotsman

In this special acoustic performance Barbara Dickson and her pianist Nick Holland explore her catalogue of songs at an intimate level. The pair let the words and melodies take ‘centre stage’ as they perform a wonderful range of material drawing on Barbara’s folk roots, contemporary greats, and some of her classic hits.

Enquiries: chris.wade@stradamusic.com

DE TEMPS ANTAN  (Québec)
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“… there is no better group to apply this magical tonic than the Québécois acoustic power trio known as De Temps Antan”  University of Dayton Arts Series

It takes a special blend of musical flair to create memorable songs of yesteryear! Songs with a hint of contemporary—dosed with uncontrolled laughter, deep-rooted couplets and sudden, impromptu shifts—that speak to familiar rhythms of the past. Welcome to the original musical stylings of De Temps Antan! Combining tradition with contemporary flair, this “power-trad” trio showcase the very best that traditional Quebecois music has to offer.

Enquiries: james.nicholls@stradamusic.com

RUM BUFFALO
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"Led by the magnetic Jake Stevens, Rum Buffalo creates a landscape that knows no bounds" Glide Magazine"

Rum Buffalo fornicate with rhythm and melody. Mingling many genres, they blend blues, fiery pop-rock and space punk with filthy synths and epic horn lines.
The band have stormed the London music scene with their unique and powerhouse sound. Known for their unforgettable shows, their live performances are packed with massive bass lines and carried by unified melodies. Since their formation, their jet-powered live show has stormed the UK live music scene, performing to 10,000 on the Truth stage at Glastonbury as well as Boomtown Fair, Secret Garden Party, Shambala, Wilderness, Buskers Bern and dozens of other festivals. 

Enquiries: james.nicholls@stradamusic.com

THE OFTEN HERD
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"I'm not sure it gets much better, either in terms of music from the North-East or in terms of bluegrass, than The Often Herd"
- Mark Walsh, BBC Cambridgeshire

Bluegrass band The Often Herd transcend the traditional boundaries of the genre. Although they might resemble an American string band, complete with driving energy, tight vocal harmonies and dazzling instrumental interplay, their vibrant, transatlantic sound is deeply coloured by their surroundings; the striking natural and industrial landscapes of Northern England. This unique approach won them the title of “Best European Bluegrass Band 2018” at the prestigious 
La Roche Bluegrass Festival in France.

Enquiries: james.nicholls@stradamusic.com

LINDISFARNE
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Legendary Tyneside 70s folk-rock pioneers LINDISFARNE return to form with a classic five-piece line up of long-time members fronted by original founder-member Rod Clements on vocals, mandolin, fiddle and slide guitar. LINDISFARNE emerged from Tyneside in the 1970s and quickly carved out a unique place for themselves as one of British rock’s most original bands. Their pioneering sound, combining acoustic instruments like mandolin and fiddle with their electric blues roots, proved the perfect medium to deliver the catchy, memorable songs provided by the band’s resident writers Alan Hull and Rod Clements. Their first hit, the Clements-penned Meet Me On The Corner, paved the way for their classic Fog On The Tyne to become the UK’s top-selling album of 1972.

Enquiries: graham.smout@stradamusic.com

LE VENT DU NORD (Québec)
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“Catch them while you can. UK festival bookers would do well to snap them up” Propaganda Magazine 

Combining a great stage presence with an energetic, dynamic flair, Le Vent du Nord are  one of the leading names in Québécois folk music performing original songs inspired by their tradition – a truly fabulous sound!  They never fail to delight crowds with their glorious mix of fiddle and foot-tapping, guitar, accordion, piano, bass, hurdy-gurdy and wonderful four-part harmonies.  Their rich and varied instrumentation and well-polished musical arrangements simply enhance their uplifting repertoire.

Enquiries: chris.wade@stradamusic.com

MUZSIKAS (Hungary)
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The winners of the WOMEX Award for World Music, after 44 years of their unrivalled career, MUZSIKÁS is the most renowned and popular Hungarian folk music ensemble worldwide. MUZSIKÁS pioneered the global popularity of Hungarian folk music that is now a well-established niche in the roots and world music scenes. Due to their unique musical skills, instrumental knowledge and musical versatility, they can cope with playing on different music scenes, collaborating with various noted musicians and groups, from folk and world-music to classical, klezmer and jazz, and even to alternative rock music.

Enquiries: chris.wade@stradamusic.com

JON GOMM
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“Hands down the most amazing guitarist I’ve ever seenTommy Lee (Motley Crue)

Virtuoso Yorkshire guitarist slips comfortably into a variety of festivals with his once seen never forgotten style of using the body of the instrument for percussion. Slapping and tapping the strings, he creates a multi layered sound of near orchestral depth, and wows festival audiences all over the World.

Enquiries: mark.kelly@stradamusic.com

MIK ARTISTIK'S EGO TRIP
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“[Sweet leaf of the North] is my favourite song of the last decade” Iggy Pop

Mik Artistik’s Ego Trip are festivals stalwarts having been invited back to Glastonbury for the last 14 Worthy Farm festivals, with some people saying that Glastonbury hasn’t officially started until they’ve seen Mik’s annual Croissant Neuf opener on the Wednesday afternoon. The Ego Trip are like nothing else, and their cross-genre show appeals to a multitude of different music fans, leaving them crying with laughter and baying for more.

Enquiries: mark.kelly@stradamusic.com

THE FUGITIVES (Canada)
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“Despite their all-acoustic lineup, the Fugitives bring enough energy to the stage to light up a small city…” -Georgia Straight

The Fugitives are an exciting and innovative Canadian folk collective headed by songwriters Adrian Glynn and Brendan McLeod. The band has toured extensively through Canada, Western Europe, and the UK. They’re joined by banjo player Chris Suen (Viper Central) and violinist Carly Frey (The Coal Porters). Over the past twelve years, they’ve earned a reputation for unforgettable live shows, brimming with complex harmonies, infectious storytelling and top-notch musicianship. They were nominated for a JUNO award in 2022

Enquiries: liz.lenten@stradamusic.com

MARTIN STEPHENSON
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“… builds bridges between love and hate, between cradle and grave, between folk and pop, between past and present.” – NME


Prolific performer Martin Stephenson is available in various guises, with his full band The Daintees, 3-piece Americana line up ‘The Good Will Trio’ , or simply solo. With a brand new Daintees album imminent Martin is looking to showcase his new material while dipping into old favourites. Story telling guaranteed with every line up 😊

Enquiries: mark.kelly@stradamusic.com

FISHCLAW
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“Fishclaw are a joy to behold – their music sucks you in and makes anything else you are doing irrelevant.” Richard Haugh, BBC Introducing

A folk band like no other Fishclaw’s dark instrumental soundscapes, while traditional in their roots take unexpected twists and turns into other less predictable territories like techno, hip-hop and dance. It folk, but not as we know it, free, unrestricted, without creative boundaries. The band play a stunning live set and can add to the listeners festival experience with their own unique smart phone app which uses GPS technology to bring the surrounding landscape and flora to musical life.

Enquiries: stuart.hardy@stradamusic.com

KANDA BONGO MAN
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“If Kanda Bongo Man doesn’t make you dance, call an ambulance, you’re dead… “

Want to get your party started?, then look no further than Kanda Bongo Man and his infectious soukous music. The man who famously got John Peel to dance for the very first time, blew fans away this summer on the Main Stages of both Womad and Shrewsbury Festival this summer. Next year he takes his new material out, and with his 7-piece band and accompanying dancers, is a sure fire way to get any audience enjoying themselves.

Enquiries: mark.kelly@stradamusic.com

LAUREN HOUSLEY & THE NORTHERN COWBOYS
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“I really love her music" - Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2

With a brand new album around the corner, Lauren Housley is looking for festival slots to showcase her ambitious new line up with additional brass section. Recent winner of Bob Harris’ ‘Emerging Artist Award’ at the UK AMA’s, 2023 plans to be a busy year ahead, and one to see Lauren’s already increasing profile climb further.

Enquiries: mark.kelly@stradamusic.com

BROOKS WILLIAMS & DAN WALSH
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“Brooks and Dan were amazing, such fabulous musicians and entertainers, blew the place away!”Johnny Fewing's (Whitstable Sessions)

Admired by both listeners and fellow musicians alike, Brooks Williams and Dan Walsh combine talents for an extraordinary collaboration of British and Americana roots music. Each is a leading light on their respective instruments and they both bring buckets of charisma and talent to the stage. Add to that poignant songs and lively humour and the result is a truly remarkable duet. They will simply knock your socks off.

Enquiries: daisy.gilham@stradamusic.com

TEMPO FELIZ
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Tempo Feliz are a 9 piece Leeds-based Brazil-inspired ensemble, performing exciting original grooves and electrifying arrangements of Brazilian classics. Expect beautiful melodies, colourful harmony, huge horns and infectious drumming. Having collectively been inspired by the rich and diverse music of Brazil, Tempo Feliz fuse funk, soul and disco vibes with Brazilian percussion and styles, creating their own original grooves with flavours of samba, bossa-nova and Música popular brasileira. 

 

Enquiries: james.nicholls@stradamusic.com

THE CHAPIN SISTERS (USA)
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“Compelling, lovely, stirring, and tantalising close to beauty”The New York Times

After a UK hiatus of over a decade, New York’s  The Chapin Sisters returned to our shores for their first UK tour in years, bringing their beautiful blood harmonies and subtly crafted americana to new and old fans. The feedback was astonishing, so much so that Abi & Lily will be back in 2023 for a similar round of headline dates and festival appearances.

Enquiries: mark.kelly@stradamusic.com

SAUTIKANO
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Afro-folk band SAUTIKANO are the perfect act to get the party started!

….Their sound is original and energetic, mesmerising and hypnotic – bursting with traditional West and East African sounds with folky guitar and jazzy double bass, playing a key role in the overall uplifting vibe…..’

Enquiries: daisy.gilham@stradamusic.com

SAM KELLY & THE LOST BOYS
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“Really fabulous stuff” - Mark Radcliffe

One of the most exciting bands to have entered the UK folk scene in the past twenty years, Sam’s band The Lost Boys has gained a reputation as one of the best live acts in the UK and they have packed out festival tents and venues the world over since they started in 2016. With the virtuosic talents of Jamie Francis (banjo), Graham Coe (cello), Toby Shaer (whistles/fiddle), Archie Moss (melodeon) and Evan Carson (drums), The Lost Boys have become known for their eclectic and innovative reworking of traditional songs and tunes from England, Scotland, Ireland and the USA, as well as stunning original music and the occasional surprise classic rock cover.

Enquiries: polly.bolton@stradamusic.com

JIM GHEDI (5 Piece Band)
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“Melodically sublime… although Ghedi’s music is infused with tradition, it’s very much experiencing the present” - 
MOJO ★★★★☆ 

Jim Ghedi just gets better and better, doesn’t he? Last time we heard from him he was collaborating with Cinder Well – their version of ‘Pulling Bracken‘ achieved the rare, disconcerting feat of being both haunting and an earworm. As a solo musician, he has quickly pulled up a chair at that post-Lankum table of “weird folk” musicians; he’d fit comfortably on a bill with John Francis Flynn and Lisa O’Neill. He’s got that appealing mix of otherwordly vocals and raw, visceral musicianship. It’s somewhat surprising that River Lea Records haven’t signed him yet. - Tradfolk Magazine


Enquiries: james.nicholls@stradamusic.com

DAVID FORD & ANNIE DRESSNER
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“Ford writes with genuine depth and striking authority.” Rolling Stone

David Ford and Annie Dressner began their musical alliance in early 2022. But listening to the blend of their voices and their timeless songwriting, you’d be forgiven for thinking they had been making music together forever. In truth Annie and David became friends in January, while playing on the same bill at a couple of gigs in the freezing North of England. Initially sitting in for a song or two in each other’s set, these brief moments of collaboration became a highlight of the show. Two weeks later, they had written and recorded their debut release, naming it 48 hours in honour of the two-day burst of creativity during which most of the material was written.

Enquiries: mark.kelly@stradamusic.com

MICHAEL MESSER'S MITRA
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“The most exciting and creative blues innovation I have heard in years!”  David Freeman Jazz FM

Unique, etherial virtuosity. Mitra combine the delta blues slide of Michael Messer (who’s fans included the late Jonny Cash) with Hindustani slide of Manish Pingle and tabla of Gurdian Singh Rayatt. The bands debut album, Call Of The Blues, released in 2016 was immediately picked up by the blues, folk and world music media, getting radio airplay and press coverage in more than 40 countries and hitting #1 in the iTunes blues chart. It was Guitarist magazine’s Album of the Year.

Enquiries: stuart.hardy@stradamusic.com

AFLA SACKEY & AFRIK BAWANTU
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If there were ever a perfect band for a Summer festival Afla Sackey & Afrik Bawantu have to be it. Taking Ghanaian highlife and Afrobeat roots AS&AB add more than a dash of funk and a sprinkling of jazz to create their joyous, infectious music. Afla himself spent 2022 performing alongside the likes of Cold Play and Gorillas in the UK, Europe and USA. With a new album ready for release the band is ready to get back on the road in their own right.

Enquiries: stuart.hardy@stradamusic.com

YVES LAMBERT TRIO (Québec)
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Yves Lambert is well known for his charisma and generosity on stage, and is considered a reference point when it comes to Quebecois folk music. Yves Lambert was a founding member and pillar of the group La Bottine Souriante from 1976 to 2002. He has a great capacity to give a contemporary sense to the traditional song and he keeps his music vibrant and not being caught in any one rigid style of expression.  The TRIO also features: Robin Boulianne and Paul Audy.
Yves will always remain the explorer for which his legendary joviality and his genuine nature seals the pact between maturity, finesse and entertainment!

Enquiries: chris.wade@stradamusic.com

NEVER THE BRIDE
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“One of the best live bands in the UK” Bob Harris

Legends of blues rock Never the Bride have shared the stage with some of the biggest names in rock music; The Who, ZZ Top, Eric Clapton, Paul Rogers and plenty more. They performed at the Royal Albert Hall with the Rock Philharmonic Orchestra and have also play LA’s famous Viper Rooms. Their shows are simply electrifying. Nikki Lamborn’s extraordinary voice soars above the brilliant band bringing their powerful songs to life. With a new album to promote NTB will be hitting the road through 2023.

Enquiries: stuart.hardy@stradamusic.com

JESSE TERRY (USA)
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  "It is easy to compare Terry’s heritage and storytelling to that of Jackson Browne, James Taylor or Bruce Springsteen. A symphonic delight for the heart and soul." - Americana UK

Whatever magic potion the troubadours in Laurel Canyon were sipping on in 1971, Jesse Terry has managed to track it down and take a deep gulp.
Now on his seventh album, When We Wander, Terry performs his beautifully crafted songs to around 150 audiences a year and (in the words of Music News Nashville)
"bring[s] to mind iconic artist/poets like Paul Simon and Jackson Browne.... [with] a performance that touches the heart like only a whisper can."

Enquiries: james.nicholls@stradamusic.com

THE JIVES ACES
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“Well, that certainly cheered me up!” - Simon Cowell

Performing constantly since 1989, The Jive Aces continue to be one of the busiest bands around, performing over 250 gigs a year! In June they topped the vote for a music website as the best swing band of all time, leaving in their wake Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Count Basie et al. No mean feat!
TJA’s show vintage, retro and full of fun and laughter. They will literally have your audience dancing in the aisles (or in the field!).

Enquiries: stuart.hardy@stradamusic.com

ADAM DEVLIN & MARK MORRIS' BLUETONES ACOUSTIC
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“Spellbinding; passionate, humorous and open – the sound of a singer who could take on the world.”– On-Magazine.

With legendary 90’s indie favourites The Bluetones unlikely to return to the road until 2024, band members Adam Devlin & Mark Morriss are taking their stripped back acoustic show on the road in Spring and keen to for slots at summer festivals.

Enquiries: mark.kelly@stradamusic.com

CELTIC FIDDLE FESTIVAL (IRE, SCO, FRA)
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“A treasurable meeting of minds, music and cultural roots, this collaboration between premier league fiddlers lays on a four-course feast of choice Celtic delicacies.”  ~ The Scotsman

Heralded “three of the finest folk violinists anywhere” by The Washington Post, Celtic Fiddle Festival celebrates the violin in all its globe-trotting variations. Fiddlers Kevin Burke (Ireland), Christian Lemaître (Brittany, France) and Capercaillie’s own Charlie McKerron (Scotland) showcase a fascinating juxtaposition of international and individual styles. Along with acclaimed guitarist Nicolas Quemener from Brittany, the quartet combines their talents, musical traditions, and spontaneous humour for an evening of dazzling energy and subtle grace. These traditional masters showcase their regional repertoires and together conjure an experience of breathtaking performances.

Enquiries: James.nicholls@stradamusic.com

AVAILABLE ARTISTS ON OUR ROSTER
 

Aly Bain & Phil Cunningham 
9th - 25th March 2023

Annie Dressner (USA)
Summer Festivals 2023

Before Breakfast  
Festivals 2023

Ben Caplan (Canada)  
Summer Festivals 2023

Barbara Dickson with Nick Holland 
8th - 29th June 2023 | Festivals 2023

The Chapin Sisters (USA)
Festivals 2023

David Ford & Annie Dressner 
Festivals 2023

De Temps Antan (Québec)  
Festivals 2023

Dustbowl Revival (USA)
Festivals 2023

Dan Walsh
1st - 16th February 2023 | Festivals 2023

Dan Walsh & Brooks Williams 
16th - 30th November 2022 | 1st - 22nd May 2023 | Festivals 2023

The Fugitives (Canada)
Festivals 2023

Jim Ghedi 
15th April - 6th May 2023 | Festivals 2023

Jon Gomm
Festivals 2023

Holy Moly and The Crackers
April 2023

The Jive Aces
Festivals 2023

Juan Martin
March 2023

Jesse Terry (USA)
June 2023 | September 2023 | Festivals 2023

Katy Hurt (Band)  
Festivals 2023

Le Vent du Nord (Québec) 17th - 28th May 2023 | 29th July - 8th August 2023 | Festivals 2023

Lauren Housley (Band)  
Festivals 2023

Lindisfarne 
4th - 7th Jan | 17th - 19th Feb | 31st Mar - 7th Apr | 26th May - 3rd Jun | 21st Jul - 31st Aug 2023

Martin Taylor & Ulf Wakenius
October 2023

Martin Taylor solo
May 2023

Me and My Friends
Festivals 2023

Mik Artistik’s Ego Trip
Festivals 2023

The Ocelots
11th - 29th April 2023 | Festivals 2023

The Often Herd 
March 2023 | Festivals 2023

Polly Paulusma 
Festivals 2023

Rum Buffalo 
Festivals 2023

Sam Kelly & Jamie Francis
24th May - 9th June 2023

Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys
December 2023

SautiKano
Festivals 2023

Tempo Feliz
Festivals 2023

Yves Lambert Trio  (Québec)  
Festivals 2023

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