The superlatives come thick and fast for this extraordinary musician.
“Tim Edey is a force of nature, brilliant in every which way,” says Colin Irwin of fRoots.
“As a guitarist he has few peers, as a box player he’s a magician. As a character he’s off the scale.”
“Utterly fantastic,” says broadcaster Mike Harding. “Sheer, wonderful, ebullient music!”
Acknowledged as one of the finest melodeon players around – and a former Radio 2 Folk Awards Musician of the Year – multi-instrumentalist Tim dazzles audiences around the world with his supercharged, Celtic-influenced act.
Of Irish descent, he learned from his musician father and the records of Django and he has now been sat the top of his game for nearly two decades.
You have to be one of the best to play with the best and, aside from his great solo career, Tim has worked with the finest … The Chieftains,, Dougie MacLean, Christy Moore, Tony McManus, Brendan Power and Sharon Shannon among the many.
Shannon describes him thus …”A ferocious passion and a beautiful tenderness, sensitivity, respect, understanding and love shines out of the music of this virtuoso Tim Edey.”
These new young guns of folk music arrive for their Kalamazoo début
on a wave of acclaim and rave reviews.
“Breathtaking,” ..”Jaw-dropping,” .. “Fabulous,”
are some of the superlatives flying around for rising stars, fiddler Alex
Garden and guitarist Ford Collier. “They are,” says broadcaster Mike
Since their school days in Somerset where they honed their skills
playing in the street, these music graduates have been pro for just 18 months,
yet have already been nominated for the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award.
They come to the Kalamazoo to showcase their third album,
Apparitions. “Energy,” as one critic said, “pouring out of their
“This is music with attack, precision and a genuine sense of
joie de vivre,” said the Sunday Express of the duo who have already
wowed a 9,000 crowd at Glastonbury – an appearance that was the
“recommendation of the day” by the BBC’s Steve Lamacq.
The boys’ take on traditional tunes and their own beautifully
crafted work show a “sophisticated musical maturity beyond their
years,” according to Folk Radio.
Another not-to-be-missed night at the Kalamazoo, where the
Drystones will aim to do what they always do – leave the audience with
smiles on their faces. As one promoter put it: “Fabulous –I’ve never seen
anything like it in 45 years of folk.”
Jill Jackson ticks all the boxes, Kalamazoo-wise. Truly an artist after our own heart! High-class guitarist. Check. Superb songwriter. Check. A musician who can effortlessly swing from country to jazz to blues.
Then there’s the voice. Well… over to Boo Hewerdine, producer of her acclaimed album Are We There Yet? “She’s one of the bestsingers I’ve ever heard,” says Boo. “And she writes fantastic songs with deceptive ease. Brilliant.”
Growing up in Paisley, Jill had a guitar in her hands at nine, was writing songs at 11 and fronting Glasgow rock band Speedway at 20. Signed to a major label, they hit the charts and Top of the Pops. But being moulded into a pop act was not what she wanted.
Contracted to tour the US with boy band Blue, her mind was on playing Nashville’s Bluebird Cafe – which is what she did (to a stranding ovation).
Speedway broke up and she began her solo career. She also carved out a reputation as a musician’s musician, hired for Natalie Imbruglia’s band, Rod Stewart’s too. Turning down Kylie Minogue, she took off, “slumming it,” instead on a 50-state US tour with Nashville’s Kevin Montgomery.
Tickets for gigs in her homeland are like gold dust. Come and see why!
Someone said that if country blues and Americana had a love child, it would be this man. Mean finger-picker, stunning slide player, Brooks Williams is rated among the top 100 acoustic guitarists – and the string skills come with a voice that, according to one writer, “you just melt into.”
He is, as Martin Simpson says, “the real thing.” Maybe he was born to be a blues musician – he does, after all, come from Statesboro,Georgia, made famous by the legendary Blind Willie McTell.
His career began in the bars of Boston and now, 40 years and 28 albums later, he has amassed a fantastic repertoire of blues classics and self-penned songs.
“His writing stands comparison with any of his peers,” said American Roots UK. ” He is one of the most consistently excellent musicians in roots music.”
“He would undoubtedly be lauded as one of the acoustic guitar gods of our time,” said the Boston Globe..” were he not such a sweet singer and smart songwriter.”
“How soulful a solo guitarist can be when he has talent, taste and astonishing technique,” said Blues Revue.
One thing’s for sure – nobody does it like Brooks, as we saw last year when he and Hans Theessink played a cracking Kalamazoo gig. Roll on his return!