Damien O’Kane (vocals, guitar/tenor guitar and banjo), Steven Byrnes (guitar/tenor guitar), Stevie Iveson (electric guitar) & Anthony Davis (Keys/Bass) 2 x nominee at BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, UK.
Originally from Ireland, Damien O’Kane is a musician of many talents. Teamed up with three leading musicians on the circuit, their sound is sublime and exhilarating. Here is a band that take traditional Irish music and song and, in the words of the The Telegraph, turn it into ‘Folk-Pop that is Irish music for the 21st Century.’
O’Kane is a relaxed, assured singer. His hypnotic vocal style exudes a natural warmth and empathy with the colourful characters who occupy his songs.
He’s also an award-winning banjo player. And a superb guitarist. And an ingenious arranger. Not to mention an accomplished tunemaker, researcher, bandleader and accompanist of rich imagination and fearless vision.
Steeped in music, Damien grew up in Coleraine, Northern Ireland, with a deep respect and understanding of the folk tradition, yet which also forged a healthy appetite to explore its broadest borders and test its boundaries. All of which culminated in his brilliant 2015 solo album ‘Areas Of High Traffic’ which, apart from proving he scrubs up well for a cover photo, takes some of the greatest songs in the folk canon – ‘The Blacksmith’, ‘The Banks Of The Bann’, ‘I Am A Youth’ and ‘The Green Fields Of America’ included – and reinvents them in refreshingly original ways.
He has an impressive range of acclaimed albums under his belt to date, all showcasing his vocal and banjo talents and his ability to turn a song or a tune upside down, sideways or backwards but always staying within his true Irish roots. His most recent release in 2018 was ‘Banjophony,’ and duo banjo album with Ron Block, 14 time Grammy winner and a member of Alison Krauss’ Band. It is not hard to see why O’Kane is widely regarded as one of the most vital talents in modern folk music in the UK and Ireland and he continues to make music which delights his many fans and makes many new ones.
A seasoned performer, Damien has donned the stages of many of the great festivals around the world including Cambridge Folk Festival, Celtic Colours in Canada, Celtic Connections and many many more. In addition he is a regular on the BBC Radio airwaves and continues to achieve many radio plays around the world.
Also a full-time member of Kate Rusby’s band (the UK’s leading female folk voice and winner of a Mercury Music Prize amongst many others) O’Kane is a also a much sought after session musician and Producer. Damien in his various guises is Irish Traditional and contemporary music at its very best.
We hate writing this stuff. You want to read someone bigging us up? Send an email to Rich’s mum. We formed in 2008 and built our house on the foundations of some over-serious indie music, a falling out of love with the record industry and a still heartfelt belief in the twin powers of music and people.
We had a manifesto. It was basically that we would only do stuff that was fun, that we’d make only the music we wanted to make, and plan events that we’ed want to go to… that we should let people pay what they want for our music, that if it’s all about the money then we should probably just go train as accountants… that we should collaborate with interesting people and on interesting projects… that making music makes our lives better, and we want to share how it feels, not keep it to ourselves.
We hail from the far-flung corners of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland but our home is in Yorkshire in the North of England. We’re a band… and as well as the proper bandy type things like gigging, touring, playing festivals, making and releasing records. We like to involve people in most everything we do… and they never cease to amaze us. We have fun and make art. We create events to remember. We talk about what we do and stuff we care about.
We wear blue jackets.
Fingers crossed, we will die with our hearts out in bloom. We are Hope and Social. Lovely to meet you.
Luke is a Singer-Songwriter from Canterbury, Kent, who in 2013 was nominated in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards for both the Horizon Award for Best Emerging Talent and The Young Folk Category. He was also winner of Fatea’s “Male Artist of the Year 2014” and 2016 and his live album ‘Solo:Duo:Trio’ was voted 2018 Album of the Year by Laurel Canyon.
“Jackson is one of the most dynamic and exciting live performers of his generation” – Folk Radio UK
“Every so often a new voice emerges, one so stunning that it knocks you sideways. Jackson has been compared to a young Richard Thompson and for once these are not empty words” – Acoustic Magazine
“One of the most faultless live recordings ever in my opinion – he’s a great songwriter with a great voice and boy can he sing the blues!” – Mike Harding
The Friends of Hutton Rudby Village Hall
are very proud to introduce
Tickets – £10.00
Winter Wilson are back on the road, following a hugely successful UK tour with folk-rock legends Fairport Convention, and now featuring songs from their latest CD Far Off on the Horizon. As with previous offerings, this new album has met with great critical acclaim:
“Dave Wilson’s songs pull no punches when relating to the sights and sounds of everyday local life, and are complimented by Kip’s powerful and emotional voice.”
Daily Telegraph, January 2018
“A sublime collection of tracks to kick off the new year in style. Well-balanced, strong songs delivered with care, and by people that are passionate about their craft. Lovely.”
Grem Devlin, Living Tradition Magazine
“Winter Wilson have landed another, right on the bridge of the nose; this is not an album that’s easy to ignore.”
Neil King, Fatea Magazine