Just over 25 years ago, an 18-year-old Kate Rusby gave her first solo public performance at Holmfirth Folk Festival - and the rest is history. Within five years, she’d featured on Yorkshire showcase compilation Intuition, made a Folk Roots Album of the Year with Kathryn Roberts, joined the Poozies, and released solo debut Hourglass - whose 20th anniversary she toasted in 2017, preceded the year before by her14th full-length recording, Life In A Paper Boat. Setting Rusby’s timeless voice amid strikingly novel production - Moog synth and programmed drums meshed with traditional instrument - it marked another fresh chapter in one of contemporary folk’s biggest and best-loved success stories. Join Kate and friends Ron Block, Ross Ainslie and The Donald Grant Quartet (with more to follow!) to celebrate her 25th anniversary of performance!
Aoife Scott’s earliest memories include annual family gatherings at her grandparental Rathlin Island home, with rising-star mum Frances Black and celebrated auntie Mary. This distinguished lineage shines through Scott’s debut album, 2016’s Carry the Day: highly accomplished English and Gaelic songwriting, allied with delicate, honeyed vocals.
Supported by Culture Ireland as part of GB18: Promoting Irish Arts in Britain
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