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Findlay Napier

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Findlay Napier made his name touring and recording with multi-award winning traditional Scottish folk band Back of the Moon. In 2015 he collaborated with Boo Hewerdine on a project call VIP: Very Interesting Persons. The project, which spawned an album, EP and book, received rave reviews and was #2 Folk Album of the Year 2015 in the Telehgraph. His body of work shows songs that connect with the subject matter in unique ways, and that explore the stories and lives of the people involved in each narrative. Shake the Chains

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Thursday 30th January 2020 8:00pmFollowing his much-lauded previous Celtic Connections appearances, in the Transatlantic Sessions and his duo with mandolin legend Mike Comption, US old-time maestro Joe Newberry returns with his newest collaborative partner, the dazzling Canadian fiddler, singer and step-dancer April Verch, mining the rich kindred traditions of the Ozarks, the Appalachians and the Ottawa Valley. “A simply gorgeous expression of musical multiculturalism” (Barry Poss, Sugar Hill Records)

The Ledger is a new collaboration between Findlay Napier, Gillian Frame and Mike Vass, revisiting afresh the seminal contents of Norman Buchan’s 101 Scottish Folk Songs (aka ‘The Wee Red Songbook’) and The Scottish Folksinger, inspired by Napier’s own family connection with the material - Every week in the late 50s and early 60s The Scotsman published a traditional Scottish folk song: lyrics and melody alongside an explanatory article, and Findlay’s grandfather Findlay Cumming cut them out and pasted them into an old ledger.
The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
Glasgow
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Friday 21st February 2020 7:00pmFindlay Napier presented by The Calgary Folk Club
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Findlay Napier (UK)
Look no further than award-winning, critically lauded singer-songwriter Findlay Napier for proof that Scotland is home to arguably the most essential and vital folk scene in the UK today. Finely crafted songs that are alternately droll, dry and dark illuminate quirks of the human condition, the secret life of Hedy Lamarr and sidelong perspectives on Glasgow, his adopted hometown. While his solo albums VIP Very Interesting Persons (2014) and Glasgow (2017) garner most attention on this side of the Atlantic, Findlay's eclectic career spans media work; side projects and collaborations with the likes of Rebecca Loebe; directing the Glasgow Songwriting Festival; and leading songwriting workshops.
www.FindlayNapier.com


Leaf Rapids (MB)
Winnipeg folk duo Keri Latimer and her husband Devin weave disturbing family history, intimate truths, haunting imagery and seductive, dreamy sonic landscapes into an indefinable but addictive musical gumbo. From Kyoto to Iceland to the Canadian prairies, the stories of Leaf Rapids creep like boats on the water, sweeping you up in their wake with dashes of theremin, spacy guitar and insouciant vocals. Theirs is music as a form of surrender.
www.LeafRapids.org
Calgary Folk Club
Calgary
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Saturday 29th February 2020 7:30pmAn American-citizen born and raised in the heart of the Canadian prairies while maturing on the west coast of British Columbia, roots / Americana singer-songwriter Noah Derksen writes with the groundedness of harsh Manitoba winters mixed with the optimism of British Columbia’s coastline.
Ever seeking motion and progression, Noah has spent the past three years honing his live performance skills across Canada and the United States, playing concerts from BC to Nova Scotia, and New York to California. In 2019 Noah released his third full-length album entitled America, Dreaming. The album was produced by JUNO-award winning producer Murray Pulver, the album represents an observation of the United States and Noah's identity as an American-citizen; an observation of how things change with time, and internal, on his own shift in perspective. Plus, Noah's got long, flowing auburn hair and a twinkle in his eye. What's not to love?
This will be a double bill show with Scotland's Findlay Napier!
Noah's website: https://www.noahderksen.com
As defined in the title of his remarkable 2015 solo debut VIP: Very Interesting Persons (No.2 in the Daily Telegraph’s top dozen folk albums that year), Scottish singer-songwriter Findlay Napier categorically commands musical VIP status. He now turns those same supreme songwriting and storytelling gifts, allied with magpie-minded imagination and truly magnificent vocals, to his adoptive home town, on VIP’s hotly anticipated follow-up, Glasgow. The new album combines freshly-penned originals with classics and rarities from Glasgow’s vast, colourful and diverse ballad canon. Together, they form an extended musical love-letter to Scotland’s metropolis, celebrating 20 years since Napier first arrived as a student, swapping his idyllic Highland childhood home for the 14th floor of the city’s notorious (and since demolished) Red Road flats.
​Napier’s own songcraft today vibrantly reflects this increasingly rich stylistic melting-pot – a mix he’s played no small part in creating, especially the cross-fertilisation between Glasgow’s folk and indie communities, as both co-host of a long-running open-mic night, and promoter of the decade-old Hazy Recollections concert series. In 2016, too, Napier launched the Glasgow Songwriting Festival, a weekend of workshops and performances which completely sold out its inaugural outing, and returns in 2017. In between putting the finishing touches to Glasgow, Napier also toured in spring 2017 with acclaimed contemporary protest-song showcase Shake the Chains.
Despite these ecumenical enthusiasms, Napier himself remains happy to identify as a folk singer – even if he does enjoy stretching the term’s already elastic parameters. “I do fit that one-guy-with-a-guitar template,” he says. As well as calling himself a folk singer, he simultaneously aspires to another, likewise timeless role: “I do love that old-fashioned, all-round idea of an ‘entertainer’ - I think it’s a brilliant thing,” he says. “But then that’s totally what the best folk singers are; they’ll have you in absolute hysterics, in between punching you in the gut - people like Loudon Wainwright, John Prine, Michael Marra: that’s the absolute pinnacle, as far as I’m concerned.
Findlay's website: https://www.findlaynapier.com
The Upstairs Lounge is a licensed restaurant and bar, doors open at 6:00 pm for dinner service, the concert starts at 7:30 pm. Please note this is a LISTENING VENUE.
Oak Bay Recreation Centre
Victoria
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Saturday 14th March 2020 7:00pmThe Wee Gig (West Linton)
West Linton
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Saturday 18th April 2020 9:00pmAfter our year off in 2019 we are delighted to announce that Folk Weekend will be back in 2020 with all the usual fun and frolics! We're slightly shifting the way things are organised behind the scenes so please do bear with us if information is a bit later coming out than you'd usually expect. For all the details on the new look of Folk Weekend click here to read an email from Festival Director Cat McGill.

For enquiries about bringing a morris side to FW2020 please email morris@folkweekendoxford.co.uk

For enquiries about performing at FW2020 please email artists@folkweekendoxford.co.uk

Join us?
One of the benefits of our new collaborative festival set up is that there is an opportunity for local and community groups or artists to be part of the festival by hiring a venue and hosting your own fringe events. Whether it’s a workshop, concert, or dance, if you want to put on an event during Folk Weekend then we’d love to have you! We are asking for a small contribution towards marketing, which will get you featured in the programme and on our website and social media channels, and then you will be able to use the Folk Weekend name and logo for your event. You will manage the event yourself (though we can offer advice and assistance if needed), and keep 100% of any ticket sales you make. If you’d like to find out more then email info@folkweekendoxford.co.uk.
Holywell Music Room
Oxford
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Wednesday 29th April 2020 7:00pmCentre for Alternative Technology
Pantperthog
Sunday 24th May 2020 7:30pmEvery week in the late 50s and early 60s The Scotsman published a traditional Scottish folk song: lyrics and melody alongside an explanatory article. Findlay’s Grandfather, Findlay Cumming, cut them out and pasted them into an old ledger. These articles, by folklorist Norman Buchan, were later published as both the 101 Scottish Folks Songs and eventually as The Scottish Folksinger. These books have become two of the most influential books on the Scottish Folk scene past and present. Featuring songs that became the core material for artists such as Dick Gaughan and Barbara Dickson and bands like The Battlefield Band and The Tannahill Weavers. The Ledger is a time capsule of the fledgeling Scottish and UK folk scene
and is brought to life by Findlay Napier, Gillian Frame and composer,
producer and multi-instrumentalist Mike Vass.

Findlay Napier is a singer songwriter based in Glasgow. His album VIP:Very Interesting Persons, a collection of songs sharing stories of real people including actress/inventor Hedy Lamarr and baseball legend Mickey Mantle, was #2 in The Telegraph's top folk albums of 2014. His album Glasgow is a love letter to the city he’s called home for over twenty years. Folk Radio UK described him as, "one of the finest songwriters and storytellers of the contemporary Scottish folk scene."

Findlay and Gillian met at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland while studying traditional music and formed the band “Back of the Moon”. They toured across Europe and North America, released three albums and won a number of music awards.

Gillian Frame is a fiddle player, singer and educator from the Isle of Arran. Her album Pendulum is a collection of her favourite fiddle tunes and folk songs. Gillian was the inaugural winner of the Young Traditional Musician of the Year and is in great demand as a session musician. She has featured on more than a dozen albums and worked as a session musician with acts such as The Unusual Supsects, Breabach, Treacherous Orchestra, Rachel Sermani, Deaf Shepherd, Mairearad and Anna and Duncan Lyall’s Infinite Reflections.
Loch Arthur Camphill Community
Beeswing
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Friday 29th May 2020 7:00pmEvery week in the late 50s and early 60s The Scotsman published a traditional Scottish folk song: lyrics and melody alongside an explanatory article. Findlay’s Grandfather, Findlay Cumming, cut them out and pasted them into an old ledger. These articles, by folklorist Norman Buchan, were later published as both the 101 Scottish Folks Songs and eventually as The Scottish Folksinger. These books have become two of the most influential books on the Scottish Folk scene past and present. Featuring songs that became the core material for artists such as Dick Gaughan and Barbara Dickson and bands like The Battlefield Band and The Tannahill Weavers. The Ledger is a time capsule of the fledgeling Scottish and UK folk scene
and is brought to life by Findlay Napier, Gillian Frame and composer,
producer and multi-instrumentalist Mike Vass.

Findlay Napier is a singer songwriter based in Glasgow. His album VIP:Very Interesting Persons, a collection of songs sharing stories of real people including actress/inventor Hedy Lamarr and baseball legend Mickey Mantle, was #2 in The Telegraph's top folk albums of 2014. His album Glasgow is a love letter to the city he’s called home for over twenty years. Folk Radio UK described him as, "one of the finest songwriters and storytellers of the contemporary Scottish folk scene."

Findlay and Gillian met at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland while studying traditional music and formed the band “Back of the Moon”. They toured across Europe and North America, released three albums and won a number of music awards.

Gillian Frame is a fiddle player, singer and educator from the Isle of Arran. Her album Pendulum is a collection of her favourite fiddle tunes and folk songs. Gillian was the inaugural winner of the Young Traditional Musician of the Year and is in great demand as a session musician. She has featured on more than a dozen albums and worked as a session musician with acts such as The Unusual Supsects, Breabach, Treacherous Orchestra, Rachel Sermani, Deaf Shepherd, Mairearad and Anna and Duncan Lyall’s Infinite Reflections.
Swallow Theatre
Whithorn
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Tuesday 16th June 2020 7:30pmEvery week in the late 50s and early 60s The Scotsman published a traditional Scottish folk song: lyrics and melody alongside an explanatory article. Findlay’s Grandfather, Findlay Cumming, cut them out and pasted them into an old ledger. These articles, by folklorist Norman Buchan, were later published as both the 101 Scottish Folks Songs and eventually as The Scottish Folksinger. These books have become two of the most influential books on the Scottish Folk scene past and present. Featuring songs that became the core material for artists such as Dick Gaughan and Barbara Dickson and bands like The Battlefield Band and The Tannahill Weavers. The Ledger is a time capsule of the fledgeling Scottish and UK folk scene
and is brought to life by Findlay Napier, Gillian Frame and composer,
producer and multi-instrumentalist Mike Vass.

Findlay Napier is a singer songwriter based in Glasgow. His album VIP:Very Interesting Persons, a collection of songs sharing stories of real people including actress/inventor Hedy Lamarr and baseball legend Mickey Mantle, was #2 in The Telegraph's top folk albums of 2014. His album Glasgow is a love letter to the city he’s called home for over twenty years. Folk Radio UK described him as, "one of the finest songwriters and storytellers of the contemporary Scottish folk scene."

Findlay and Gillian met at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland while studying traditional music and formed the band “Back of the Moon”. They toured across Europe and North America, released three albums and won a number of music awards.

Gillian Frame is a fiddle player, singer and educator from the Isle of Arran. Her album Pendulum is a collection of her favourite fiddle tunes and folk songs. Gillian was the inaugural winner of the Young Traditional Musician of the Year and is in great demand as a session musician. She has featured on more than a dozen albums and worked as a session musician with acts such as The Unusual Supsects, Breabach, Treacherous Orchestra, Rachel Sermani, Deaf Shepherd, Mairearad and Anna and Duncan Lyall’s Infinite Reflections.
An Tobar
Tobermory
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Saturday 8th August 2020 7:30pmSt David's Cathedral
St Davids
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