Si has been singing and playing English Traditional Song nationally for 15 years, first with the duo Barron Brady and now as a solo performer.
As a self-taught guitarist, he tries to keep the accompaniment out of the way of the words and melody, it’s the songs that matter.
He is a folk fanatic – exciting, moving and relevant music, hallowed by time – the only kind of music that never gets old. He celebrates that and he demonstrates his love for this powerful music every time he sings.
I think he’s a really, really fine guitarist and an even finer interpreter of traditional and contemporary folk songs. His new album is called ‘Sweet Billy Caution’ . I think it’s a lovely album, he’s got a crystal clear voice and a simple but powerful accompaniment on the album; great choice of songs too, end of story. [The Sailor Cut Down, album song is:] …totally and utterly beautiful.
…our editor admits to having “nearly worn the CD out listening to it – it is one of the best I have heard in a while”. Time for some investigation…
Kevin T Ward The Living Tradition Magazine
Si’s voice has a very appealing tone and I really like Si’s manner, his totally relaxed yet fully committed performances exuding a beguiling brand of gentle energy that’s all his own. There’s also a refreshing quality of complete honesty to his expressiveness, which sounds every bit as fresh on each subsequent hearing; this impression is accentuated by the flexibility in phrasing that Si’s intuitive and genuinely responsive self-accompaniment affords.</P
At the risk of peddling a bit of a cliché, my verdict is that you should exercise no caution whatsoever in acquiring a copy of this genially undersold yet distinctly magical CD.
David Kidman- Living Tradition Magazine
Floor Singers booked to perform on the night …
A regular performer on the folk music scene in the Midlands and the West Country, he gives all he has, whether it be a floor spot at a club night, or as the principal artist on the main stage at a festival.
Formed in November 2014, they are Flossy McDougall, Geoff Veasey and John Kearney. Flossy sang and recorded previously in Pennyroyal along with Linda Dickson and Sue Dixon. Geoff sang and recorded previously with Black Parrot Seaside. John is a respected singer/songwriter originally from Cork, with a previous background in pretty well everything from Punk to Country. Flossy plays a bit of guitar and John plays rather a lot. All three like colourful stage clothes.
They are a husband and wife acoustic duo from Nuneaton in Warwickshire who musically joined forces 3 years ago when Ceejay joined Karen’s band ‘KKB’ as a lead guitarist. When the band split they decided to carry on performing together. Separately they both have long histories of being in the music industry.
Karen is a singer/songwriter who has been performing for over 30 years, as a solo folk artist and both with a jazz band and a rock and roll band.
Ceejay, also a songwriter, has performed in bands and duos for over 30 years.
Thrup’nny Bits (Des Patalong, and Gareth and Barbara Wyatt) is a three voice unaccompanied harmony group singing traditional and contemporary folk songs with some Early Music and humourous songs for good measure.
They like to feel their performances have light and shade.
And your hosts, of course, are
Finger In The Jar
Formed especially as the host group for Atherstone Folk Club in June 2013, Finger In The Jar are Anne & Steve Beeson and Phil Benson.
Finger In The Jar perform as a group, as duos and as solo artists, depending on the songs being sung.</p