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Stick in the Wheel
Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar
Nick Wyke and Becki Driscoll
Rooted deep in the melodies of traditional English Folk via the modern electronic sounds of East London, Stick in the Wheel’s Nicola Kearey and Ian Carter use centuries-old work-songs that speak to present-day issues of class. Their inventive live performances have seen them nominated five-times for BBC Folk Awards, whilst their ongoing ‘English Folk Field Recordings’ project has seen them work with everyone from Richard Dawson to Martin Carthy and Nancy Kerr, to create a snapshot of the current English scene. Stick in the Wheel are innovators, and a significant notch in the tree of folk. Weaving contemporary and age-old content into their unique sonic world, expect a set that is sometimes trance-like, sometimes gritty and unexpectedly sweet. ‘Follow Them True’, the band’s last studio album, was a MOJO and Guardian Album of the Year. They perform at Bristol Folk Festival off that back of a sold-out tour to the city. Stick in the Wheel conjure the past to point toward the future. “Powerful and deeply relatable.” Pitchfork “The future starts here” The Guardian
Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar joined forces in 2011. Combining Russell’s powerful vocals and driving guitar style with Algar’s All-Ireland winning fiddle playing, the duo have become one of the most sought after acts on the British folk scene. Ciaran Algar is now recognisable to many as one of the creative faces of covid-19. His cheeky reworking of the BBC News Theme complete with drumming and dancing weather presenters stormed the internet, lifting national spirits during lockdown. In 2013 the pair won the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award before going on to win the Horizon Award for best breakthrough act in 2014. In 2015, they were nominated in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Best Duo. Fine-tuned by five years of touring including successful European tours of Denmark, Germany and The Netherlands, Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar return to the St George’s stage on top form. “Invigorating, infectious joy’ Songlines “folk at its very best” Maverick
Nick Wyke & Becki Driscoll first collaborated on a busking trip around Spain, and they have since have worked with the leading lights of the English folk scene. Becki’s melodic, emotive violin and viola blend with Nick’s driving fiddle chords and powerful vocals to create a rich, captivating sound. Influenced by a wide range of cultures, they take a global approach to English Tradition. Their music journeys from the dark English ballad to uplifting dance tunes, from the soaring highs of the lark to the deep sadness of the weeping robin. Two of the West Country’s finest fiddle-players join forces. “Lovely inventive playing” fRoots