Travis Stuart began playing the banjo as a boy in Haywood County, North Carolina, playing his great-uncle's banjo. Brought up in a rich musical community and family, Stuart learned to play banjo from local musicians including Red Wilson, the Smathers family and Byard Ray.
Travis has toured widely including with his late twin brother Trevor as the Stuart Brothers, the Dirk Powell Band, Riley Baugus, the Reeltime Travelers, Martha Scanlan and stepdancer Ira Bernstein.
In 2017, he and Trevor released The Stuart Brothers, a generous collection of 23 tunes both traditional and original.
Rattle on the Stovepipe play the folk songs, dance tunes and ballads of love, murder and adventure that for centuries have crossed back and forth across the Atlantic. The trio of Dave Arthur (guitar, banjo, melodeon, vocals), Pete Cooper (fiddle and vocals) and Dan Stewart (banjo, guitar, fiddle, harmony vocals) have recorded seven acclaimed albums.
Listen to tracks from their latest album Through The Woods on youtube.
"Whenever Rattle on the Stovepipe are booked to play at my local folk club I’m first in the queue to make sure I get my seat in the front row."
- Shirley Collins MBE, folk singer and author
Interstate Express combine a love of old stories with a passion for the joy of a fiddle tune with their high energy approach to traditional American songs and dance music.
The trio plays a diverse range from from fast banjo and fiddle tunes to early country songs to blues and ballads. Fiddle player Craig Judelman has learnt from and performed with some of the great traditional musicians of the last generations.
See video I Ain't Got No Home / Where's that Preacher with the Rabbi's Wife on youtube
Old Spot comprises two highly experienced performers: Joe Danks on banjo and Rowan Piggott on fiddle. With backgrounds in different musical traditions, the two explore their shared love of Appalachian music with joy and imagination.
Influenced by contemporary musicians including Rayna Gellert and Jake Blount, as well as artists such as John Hartford and Bill Monroe, they create contemporary Appalachian music with modern audiences in mind.
See video Black Eyed Susie Jane on youtube
The Rye Sisters are a duo, Ishani Siriwardena and Sue Pomeroy, from Lincolnshire who perform Americana and folk-country songs in close harmony with guitar, mandolin and fiddle. Influences include Buddy and Julie Miller, The Civil Wars and the Dixie Chicks.
Sue has performed, written, recorded and won awards with several bands and played festival stages as well as running song workshops. Ishani has a classically-influenced background, having performed in musical theatre, jazz, youth choirs and orchestras.
cajun band La Bas
Alice & David Wylde