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With exceptional musicianship and boundless energy, Granny’s Attic are going from strength to strength. Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne (melodeon, anglo concertina, vocals), George Sansome (guitar, vocals) and Lewis Wood (violin, vocals) have honed their skills touring the UK and Europe since 2009. They are much loved by audiences up and down the country, with bookings everywhere from Cambridge Folk Festival to Cecil Sharp House.
The trio have been heralded for their lively performances and skilled delivery of traditional material, playing with verve, energy and their own inimitable style. Though grounded in tradition, they are keen to push new boundaries by exploring fresh approaches and writing their own compositions. In October 2021, they released their latest album, The Brickfields, an instrumental collection that sees them reach new heights both as performers and composers. Described by Folk Radio as “one of the most exciting and accomplished English folk acts on the scene right now”, this outstanding trio can hold audiences in the palm of their hand.
“Their high-octane take on English folk has brought a whole new audience to the genre” – The Irish Times
“Great tunes, great energy, great arrangements, great stuff!”– Jon Boden
“A superb folk trio”– RNR Magazine
“Traditional folk music taken far beyond its parameters”– Tykes News
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Jon Doran & The Northern Assembly
Jon Doran & The Northern Assembly are a ground-breaking new collaboration that seek to capture the excitement that lies within traditional song and breathe new life into old stories from the British Isles. The trio formed with a desire to introduce these songs to new audiences by injecting the energy they feel these narratives deserve.
‘Absolutely superb, what a singer, what a violin player and what a bouzouki player. I sat and watched Jon’s performance and thought ‘I wish I was that good’. – Greg Russell
Consciously moving away from the conventional folk song performance style, the trio rely upon their vastly dissimilar musical upbringings and experiences to conjure emotions and communicate a story far deeper than the words of the song. With striking vocals from Jon Doran (BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award Finalist 2019) combined with the virtuosic playing of instrumentalists Heather Ferrier (Balter) and Jordan Aikin (Pons Aelius), Jon Doran & The Northern Assembly never fail to take their audience on a journey that explores the full spectrum of human experience.