- Clew Bay Hotel
Vera’s live performances are always intimate, full of feel, groove and diversity. It’s unusual to find someone who’s as good a songwriter as an instrumentalist, who brings the guitar to life in way that is entirely her own. She’s subsequently been compared to people like John Martyn and Richard Thompson.
Vera has an open, charming onstage presence that belies her outstanding flat-picking, and the ability to tug at your dancing shoes with a well-chosen rollicking fiddle tune or reduce you to tears with a poignant lyric, making for a great gig that will linger long in the memory.
Currently Vera tours with a solid acoustic trio compromising harmony king Dave Luke on guitar, vocals and mandolin. Dave has been the backbone of many hard working country bands and toured extensively with Nashville singer songwriter Gail Davies, playing the likes of the Grand Ole Opry. On double bass she’s got record producer extraordinaire Andy Seward. Andy was part of folk superstar Kate Rusby’s band as well as working with Eddi Reader, Richard Thompson and Andy Cutting. He currently plays with Martin Simpson and Brooks Williams.
“This lady oozes class…” John Atkins, fRoots
“She can play the acoustic guitar better than most...” Alan Harrison, NoDepression
"Acoustic music wrapped in gentle wistful melodies that aim for and hit the heart..." Maurice Hope, Flying Shoes blog
"She can play anything with strings, write fine songs and sing them too. Go see her play live..." Tim O'Brien
Jock Tyldesley is perhaps best known for his fiddling in Cajun bands such as The Flatville Aces and the Bearcats, as well as more off-the-wall antics with The New Rope String Band and The Chipolatas.
He also nurtures a long-time passion for Southern Appalachian old time fiddling for many years and has spent more time concentrating on this, whilst touring worldwide with his regular bands and US acts such as Eddie LeJeune, The Dirk Powell Band, Martha Scanlan and many more.
He is much in demand as a private and workshop tutor and has also taught for several years at Folkworks Summer School, Sore Fingers and The Burwell Bash as well as being a visiting tutor at Blazin' in Beauly, The London Fiddle School and the Folk Degree course at Newcastle University, plus many international festival workshops.
Jock is an instinctive tutor, teaching by ear and concentrating on the feel, rhythm and bowing patterns of the music as much as the tune, and trying to bring out the 'drive' in peoples' playing.
A Fox and Branch family show is all about audience participation. In fact, we try to make the entire idea of there being “an audience” disappear: we are just a big group of people having fun. The kids get to sing, clap, dance and play rhythm instruments. Adults get to enjoy the music, clap and sing along.
Some of the music we present will be familiar to many families, but we also try to introduce new material that will surprise and amuse children and adults alike. We draw our material from American roots sources and from world traditions.
Three of the rising starts of the UK folk & bluegrass scene for the first time on one stage in Ireland!!!!
Jaywalkers, Cradboard Fox, The Vangurds
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