Dan Walsh (UK)
Nominated for best musician at last year's BBC Folk Awards, Dan Walsh combines 'virtuoso playing and winning songwriting' (MORNING STAR). Describing what Dan does is no easy task but at the heart of it is British, Irish and American folk music delivered with a healthy dose of funky grooves - all performed with his unique and dazzling take on clawhammer style banjo helping to challenge all preconceptions about the instrument.
Add to all that poignant songs, astonishing musical departures and lively humour and the result is a truly memorable live show which has wowed audiences across the world from intimate seated rooms to huge dancing crowds in festival fields.
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Steve Turner (UK)
Steve Turner is known as a pioneer of highly sophisticated English concertina song accompaniments, stretching the boundaries of traditional forms, with one of the best voices in the business. He is a multi-instrumentalist, who also accompanies himself on the cittern, and also plays mandolin and banjo.
After a thirteen year break, building up an internationally known stringed instrument business, he made a welcome return to performing in folk clubs and festivals in 2005.
Steve’s 5th album, his first for 22 years " The Whirligig of Time" was long-listed for the BBC folk awards in 2008. His 6th album " Rim of the Wheel" was released in spring 2012 and received rave reviews – David Kidman in N.E. Folk Roundabout called it “sheer genius a sure contender for one of my folk albums of 2012”
In the F/Roots August/September 2014 edition Nancy Kerr in her "Rocket Launcher" interview when asked "what was the best gig you ever saw?" answered "the best spot I've seen recently was Steve Turner - total intensive musical focus and a vast serious repertoire".
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"If one name is synonymous with the revival of interest in the banjo, it's Dan Walsh." - Living Tradition
"A real world class banjo player!" - Tom Robinson (BBC Radio 6)
"Absolutely terrific!" - Mark Radcliffe (BBC Radio 2)
"The real deal, a demon picker." - Uncut
"His banjo playing is second to none in the UK and he'd put many to shame in the US too." - R2
"Matches up virtuoso playing with winning songwriting." - Morning Star
"This artist is an inspiration!" - Maverick
"Eclectically inspired and consistently brilliant!" - Froots
"Staggering virtuoso picking, an excellent voice and finely crafted lyrics." - Rock Society
"Incredibly gifted - if anyone has the opportunity to see him they must." - Janice Long, BBC Radio 2
"The best spot I've seen recently was Steve Turner - total intensive musical focus and a vast serious repertoire." - Nancy Kerr
"A shining example of the music the British folk scene is capable of producing." - Folk Roots
"Steve Turner has been turning into one of this country's finest male singers and performers of folk-song [...] with him you can truly say that he has shown all the qualities of a great singer and interpreter of folk song." - Swing 51 (National Folk Magazine)
"This is one of my all time favourite records. This album is so well constructed [...] the changing pace and the brilliance of the arrangements keep me glued. - The Broadsheet (Scotland on BRAIDING)