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George Murphy and Frank Cassidy – Dungiven Co Derry
George Murphy has been collecting, writing and playing music and song for quite some time , a founder member of Failter Folk Group, now a solo player but gigs extensively with Frank Cassidy . Frank has performed with many distinguished musicians. Together they bring a rich and varied repertoire from self pend light hearted songs to more traditional. The have recently recorded a CD and have performed at many folk events throughout Ireland/ Scotland, England and Wales . They are firm favourites at the Girvan Folk Festival as well at Portpatrick and Newtonstewart Festivals in Scotland
Méabh & Tiarnán Smyth – Armagh – N Ireland –
Siblings Méabh and Tiarnán Smyth on fiddle and guitar/concertina/vocals convey their appreciation of the Ulster tradition through their creative arrangements of music and song. They have been playing for many years, and in late 2016, released a self-titled EP to critical demand. They have played at many renowned festivals in recent years including the William Kennedy Piping Festival, Piping Live and Celtic Connections, and have supported acts such as Four Men and A Dog, Búille, and Lúnasa.
Mills – Galashiels – www.millsband.com
Craig Jeffrey / Ross Gardiner/ Bruce Henry / Richard Crawford / Rab Irvinel
Mills a alternative rock n soul band first formed in march 2015. This was an experimentaoject to form a local super group to open a new music festival 100 Bands On The Border. From day one these five musicians from different bands and musical backgrounds showed great promise, writing fantastic new music. They were a massive hit when they opened the music festival and were invited by Visit Scotland to play to the worlds media on the first train on the new Borders railway. Mills have been working with Donald Shaw and this month released their debut four track EP to a full house in the Volunteer Hall Galashiels. The band will be returning to Gorbals Sound in Glasgow with Donald in this year to start work on their full album.
Nerea Gourlaouen Alonso – United Arab Emirate –
Nerea combines elegance and strength in her powerful interpretation of Traditional and modern fiddle repertoire. Her performance of fiddling fused with stepdancing hails from the deeply rooted Celtic Traditions of Cape Breton Island, Canada where she was raised breathing the music>
Her successe as a soloist and the release of her first album ‘Footprints; at just 16 earned her the Canadian Folk Music Award Nomination of ‘ young Artist of the Year. Nearea has toured widely and currently resides in a small village near Dubai where teaches and performs
Matt Scotland Band – Ayrshire
Hailing from Ayrshire, Matt Scott is a singer-songwriter who pulls influence from the likes of Guthrie, Dylan, Springsteen, Waits, and Frankie Miller. The thumping folk / blues stories and melodies have earned him airtime on national television as well as through FM radio stations across the country. Having performed in London, Nashville, New York and Amsterdam last year, Matt returns with familiar and unfamiliar songs for your entertainment. Matt Scott’s “Whoever That Is…” EP was launched to a packed out King Tuts in June. Following this, the band headlined a stage at the grassroots belting festival in the beautiful Highlands, Belladrum. Hereafter, Matt has played solo shows across America, stunning audiences with the songs but baffling them with his accent from NYC to Nashville. One things for sure (we think) – no one has been left disappointed. 2018 has kicked off with another packed headlining show at King Tuts, with the prospect of a number of festivals over the summer.
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